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

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you experience a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner malfunction. 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 enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Oxford. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 examine your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also deterred from outside blockages around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the chance 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 steps that you should check 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 fixed 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 alter your system operation, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 662-281-1231.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford is always here to be of service – give us a call at 662-281-1231.

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