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

May 28, 2015

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

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Hattiesburg. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Oak Grove 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor obstructions around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

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

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning at 601-292-9763.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg is always here to be of service – give us a call at 601-292-9763.