Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working

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Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be working correctly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Tampa Bay. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Langford Cooling if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Langford Cooling sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also hindered from outside blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL position?
  3. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
  4. Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
  5. Is your house fuse box/breaker box ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Langford Cooling at 813-418-7884.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay is always here to assist – give us a call at 813-418-7884 or arrange an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.

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