Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Summer and comfort are made for each other, but when you’re dealing with an air conditioner that isn’t providing you with the comfort you want, you may need to think about air conditioner replacement. Take a few seconds and think about this scenario: it’s only a few weeks in to the summer and you’re enjoying a stress-free day at home. As lunchtime nears, you notice that it’s feeling awfully warm inside. You check the thermostat and all seems to be well with the settings, but the temperature is reading 85 degrees. It’s a possibility that you rode it out as much as you could, but now it’s time to call in a pro and find out what’s wrong. So what does that mean for you as a homeowner? Well, there are a few reasons that you may be facing air conditioner replacement. And considering the weather in Fort Worth, you don’t want to be caught without what may be the single most substantial piece of home comfort equipment you own. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for if you think your air conditioner has stopped working: Insufficient air flow. If you recognize a change in air flow, check for a blocked return-air or supply-air grille. Be sure all of these grilles are not covered by furniture or other items. Non-working outdoor fan. If you go outside to look at your air conditioner’s outdoor fan and it doesn’t run, you’ll want to give the pros at Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth a call. That fan handles the transferring of heat from your home to the outdoors. If it doesn’t run, that heat transfer isn’t happening and can cause various issues, including overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage. Outside obstructions. If your air conditioner is currently bordered by shrubbery or other potential obstructions, there could be a concern with good air flow to the unit. Over time this could also mean that dirt and debris end up clogging your system and inhibiting its cooling abilities. Make sure your system is free from obstructions and is cleaned routinely to potentially decrease your chances of needing air conditioner replacement. Dirty filters. One of the most common problems that Breeze Air and Heat runs in to is improperly cared for filters. Dirty filters not only lessen airflow, they can also impact your system’s efficiency and can drive up your monthly energy costs. They also affect air quality and when allergy season is in full-swing, a dirty filter can have a huge impact on your home comfort. If you have checked all of these and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, follow these step-by-step instructions, only proceeding to the next step if the system doesn’t start. Check that the thermostat temperature set-point is set below indoor temperature, and the system switch is in the COOL position. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch "on"? Is the furnace/air handler power supply "on"? Check the house fuse box/breaker box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If the system still does not operate, call Breeze Air and Heat at 817-864-1021. Having a broken air conditioner and dealing with air conditioner replacement doesn’t have to be a headache. Sure, your system may not be operating , but that’s why the team at Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth is here to help. Give us a call at 817-864-1021 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll be sure to come out and get your system back up and running in no time.