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

May 28, 2015

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm 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 fault; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Belton. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Bell Air Conditioning Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Bell Air Conditioning Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off 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 deterred from outdoor blockages around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed 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 move on 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 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Bell Air Conditioning Inc. at 254-307-9572.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton is always here to be of service – give us a call at 254-307-9572.