AC problems can be a big deal when you’re stuck with triple-digit temperatures. It doesn’t take long at all for your home to turn into an oven in those kinds of conditions. That’s why when you have an AC that won’t turn on for some reason, you may start to panic and call your HVAC company to come take a look right away. However, there are some things that you can try before calling in the pros. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about some troubleshooting that you can try first to see if you can solve the problem on your own.
Troubleshooting Tips for an AC That Won’t Turn On
Before panic starts to really set in, there are some steps you should take to investigate the reason your AC isn’t turning on. You may find that the problem is quite small and easy to fix. Here are some troubleshooting tips.
– Thermostat: You should first start with the thermostat. Make sure that it is set to “cool.” Sometimes, this can be confused with “on.” When it is set in the “on” position, that is usually referring to the fan rather than the cooling system.
– Air Filter: If you have a dirty filter, your system isn’t going to be getting the airflow it needs to keep its temperature regulated. You need to have the filter changed on a regular basis so that your system doesn’t overheat and refuse to turn on.
– Flipped AC Breaker: It isn’t uncommon for the AC system to trip the breaker on your electrical panel. If you check your panel and see that there is a switch that is tripped, try flipping it back on to see if your AC fires up.
– AC Power Switches: For most AC systems, there are two different power switches, indoor and outdoor. The one that is found inside will be located either on the furnace or the air handler. The outdoor switch is usually found in a small metal box on the side of the outdoor unit. Make sure these switches are both turned on.
– Debris Around AC Condenser: If you have an outdoor unit that is surrounded by debris from plants and trash that has accumulated in your yard, it can cause the unit to overheat and power down as well. Make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around the unit for it to function properly.
– Hard Reset: After you have switched the breaker back on, you may notice that your unit isn’t working quite right. This may require you do a hard reset on the entire system. If you don’t know how to do this, you should leave it up to the pros.
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If you’re having issues with your AC not turning on and none of these tips mentioned above are working, it’s time to call Hal Mechanical. We can solve your AC troubles no matter how large or small the problem might be. Call us today!