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

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

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Lexington. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Kelley Mechanical if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Kelley Mechanical sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    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 exterior obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone 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 working again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature programmed 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 Kelley Mechanical at 859-209-3003.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Kelley Mechanical in Lexington is always here to be of service – give us a call at 859-209-3003.

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