Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety 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 bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.
Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running properly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Oxford. Here are a few 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 move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and discover that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
- Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
- Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to decrease 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 slowed down from exterior barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the possibility 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 steps 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):
- Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
- Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
- Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
- Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
- Is your house fuse box/breaker box ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
- If none of these things fix your system operation, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc at 662-281-1231.
Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Oxford is always here to help – give us a call at 662-281-1231.