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, mainly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly realize 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 uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working properly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old 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 break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Tuscaloosa. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call KDM Service Corporation 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 examine your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat transfer isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that KDM Service Corporation sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

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

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
  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 operation, call KDM Service Corporation at 205-208-8090.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa is always here to assist – give us a call at 205-208-8090.