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There are multiple reasons to replace your air conditioner or heating unit. If you have built additions onto your house, you may find your old heating or air system no longer meets the requirements for the new dimensions. Perhaps a new technological breakthrough has provided features that will improve your comfort and air quality. Most often, however, you need to replace your system because it no longer works properly.

Repairing your system is sometimes more cost-effective than replacing it. The two areas that see the most common repairs are the electrical components and the piping components.

Heating & Air Electrical Repair Components

  • Capacitors -- Capacitors help your HVAC motor start from a standstill. Over time they can weaken. As they weaken, they cause the motor to run hotter. This can shorten the life expectancy of your motor. Once a capacitor fails, the whole motor will stop working. You usually won't notice that a capacitor has weakened until your motor stops turning on.
  • Compressor -- Compressors are outdoor components in your system. The compressor is the pump that circulates the refrigerants through the air-conditioner. You can hear it when it's running so you'll know if it's working just by listening. If it starts getting louder, your compressor is about to fail. If it makes no sound when it should be on, it has already failed. Compressors fail for a number of reasons. Most often they fail due to strain from another failed part such as the fan motor. Electrical storms can also damage compressors. If the sound from the compressor gets louder or if you see a decrease in performance, you should have your compressor checked. A failed compressor will not heat or cool your house.
  • Contact/Relay -- Relays are electronically controlled switches that activate the various components of your HVAC system. They manage everything from the power going to the motor to automatic dampers, humidifiers, etc. Most of them are controlled by the thermostat. The most common failure for a relay is being stuck in the "open" position. Separated from its assigned contact point, it fails to complete the connection and send the message to whatever it was supposed to operate. This failure usually occurs from use over time. Each time a relay connects and sends its signal, the electrical arcing from point to point eventually causes wear and tear.
  • Furnace Circuit Board -- The furnace circuit board controls a variety of functions. It not only handles the regular operation of the furnace, it also monitors the furnace's various safety circuits. Over time, vibrations from the furnace can weaken solder point and cause them to separate. Dirt and debris can cause short-circuits that damage the board. Failure of the circuit board can cause a variety of effects ranging from the fan not turning on to the complete shutdown of the furnace.
  • Fuses -- Anyone who has worked with electrical systems knows all about fuses and how they fail. They can burn out over time, may just be loose, or can blow out during an electrical storm or due to overload from another failed component. Of course, that's what they're supposed to do; they stop surges from going through and damaging the rest of the system. When a fuse fails, whatever system it was protecting will stop working.
  • Gas Valves -- On a gas furnace, a gas valve can become stuck due to dirt or debris building up after sitting idle all summer. A gas valve that is stuck closed will provide no heat.
  • Indoor Fan Motor -- Indoor fans circulate the air from your house and through the system. Age and dust buildup are the two biggest contributing factors to their failure. When they are starting to fail they will often make noise. Failure of the fan will result in no heating or cooling, and if it is not repaired soon, it can cause other components to fail.
  • Outdoor Fan Motor -- The outdoor fan, also called the condenser fan, is exposed to external conditions. As such it is most prone to dust and debris and the extreme weather. In desert climates, the outdoor fan motor is subject to heat not only from normal operation but from the outside temperature as well. As it starts to fail, the fan may work fine in the cooler morning hours but stop by afternoon. This can shut down the entire system for hours. When they stop running completely, your air conditioner will no longer work. Running a faulty fan will lead to compressor failure, which is a very costly repair.

Nearby Heating & Air Repair & Replacement Service in Florence, AL

A-O’K is conveniently located in Florence, AL. With over 35 years of service, our family business will take care of your residential or industrial heating and cooling needs. Count on A-O'K for honest service and competitive prices. We are available 24/7 for emergency services. Call us today at 256-762-7209.

Service Area

Our service area includes Florence, the Shoals, and surrounding areas in Lauderdale and Colbert County:

  • Florence
  • Cloverdale
  • St. Florian
  • Greenhill
  • Killen
  • Center Star
  • Elgin
  • Anderson

New Installation or Unit Replacement

A-O’K offers superior installation service for new construction. Since 1979, we have serviced and maintained systems throughout the area. If you are building a new home, we recommend and install quality units and offer a variety of options to best serve the comfort needs of your family. A-O’K repairs and services all HVAC units and wants your unit to last for years. However, should you need a replacement unit, we can offer quality care and flexible financing options.

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Troubleshooting & Repair

A-O’K has over 60 years of combined expertise making us a versatile and strong team. Our dedicated service technicians provide 24/7 availability for service and repair to all of our customers in the Shoals Area. We service all brands of air conditioning equipment and can provide you with planned maintenance programs in order to keep your system operating at peak efficiency. In addition, we process claims for warranty parts for most brands so you don’t have to.

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About Us

The A-O’K family strives daily to meet the needs of families and businesses in North Alabama by offering superior air conditioner and heating unit services, professional installation, honest repair and replacement service, as well as maintenance plans to ensure year-round comfort.

Alabama License Number: 89352

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4350 Highway 157
Florence, AL 35633

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