Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you encounter a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur 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 discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.
Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Fort Lauderdale. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Solar Air 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 flow 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 relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
- Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Solar Air Inc. 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 strikes. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
- Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle 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: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the chance 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 tests that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
- If none of these things alter your system operation, call Solar Air Inc. at 954-320-7398.
Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Solar Air Inc. in Fort Lauderdale is always here to assist – give us a call at 954-320-7398.