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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 failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in West Palm Beach. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps transport 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 transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Unclean 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 initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outside obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and additional checks 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 turn 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. at 561-656-4255.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach is always here to assist – give us a call at 561-656-4255 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.