It is time to turn on your AC, spring is here and you want to make sure it is running properly. But when you do it doesn’t work. So now that your AC doesn’t turn on, what do you do? Hal Mechanical wants to go over a few steps that you can do if are in that situation.
Check Thermostat Settings
The first thing you want to do if your AC is not turning on is to go over and check your thermostat. You want to make sure that it is set to “cool” and that the temperature you want is lower than the temperature inside your house. You also want to make sure that the fan is set to “auto”. When the fan is set to “auto” then it will run and produce cold air for your home. If the fan is set to “on” then it will just continue to run not producing any cold air. If you check your thermostat and it has a blank screen then this means it needs new batteries.
Reset Circuit Breaker if Tripped
Air conditioning brings in a lot of power. If there is any brief power surge then this can trip the breaker and stop any electricity that is supposed to go to your AC. When this happens, it is a simple fix. Go over to your circuit breaker and switch it off and then back on again. This will reset the breaker and can start your AC again.
Ensure Power Switches are Turned On
There are power switches to your central air conditioning that you should check if it is not turning on. There is one switch on the indoor unit and one on the outdoor unit. For the indoor unit, you can find it near the furnace or air handle. The outdoor unit is usually in a metal box on the exterior of your home.
Clean or Change Air Filters
When you have dirty air filters it will restrict the airflow putting stress on your AC. When there is stress on your AC it can most likely overheat and then shut off your AC. To eliminate this from happening you should change your air filters everyone 1 to 3 months. Making sure that it has good clean air flow going through your air filters.
Clear Around Outside Condenser AC Unit
You should also go outside and check your outside unit. Make sure that it is cleaned out around it. Remove any debris such as leaves, dirt, overgrown bushes, and trees. You want to make sure you have a good clean area around your outside unit so that it can get good airflow. The outside unit releases the most heat from the top so you want to make sure there is plenty of room for it.