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

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you encounter a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Rocky Mount. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Davis Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Davis Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search 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, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from outdoor barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

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

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
  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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call Davis Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-483-5605.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount is always here to help – give us a call at 540-483-5605 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.