Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you experience a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly 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 discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement. Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running properly, 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 Bossier City. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working: 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar troubles that Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate. TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too. Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from exterior blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can influence it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the chance 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 tests that you should check 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): Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL spot? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things alter your system function, call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning at 800-COOLING. Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction 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 working again in no time. Our team at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City is always here to assist – give us a call at 800-COOLING or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.