Is there anything worse than an AC system that won’t turn on when you are in the middle of the heat of the summer? When you switch that air on, you want to feel cool air flowing from the vents. If this isn’t happening, you want to get to the bottom of the problem as soon as possible. It may be your first instinct to call on your HVAC company to come and take a look, but there are actually some things you can try that could solve the problem first. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about some troubleshooting tips that can help you get your AC up and running again in no time.
How Do I Get My AC to Turn Back On?
Sometimes, when your AC isn’t turning on for some reason, the fix might be something as simple as flipping a switch. There are a number of reasons your AC may not want to cooperate this summer. Following are some troubleshooting steps that you should try.
– Change Air Filters: If you have a dirty filter that hasn’t been changed in months, it could be the cause for your AC not turning on because it isn’t getting the airflow it needs. When this happens, it causes your AC unit to overheat and power down.
– Check Thermostat Settings: Make sure the thermostat is turn to “cool” rather than “on.” If it is “on,” this is more than likely referring to the fan rather than the cooling system, which is what you want.
– Reset Tripped Circuit Breaker: The next place that you should check is your circuit panel. If the switch that powers your AC system isn’t in the on position, it means that the breaker was tripped, and electricity was cut off to that system. Flipping it back on should fix the problem.
– Power Switches Should Be On: There are usually two different power switches on the average AC system. You will find one indoors and one outside. The indoor switch is located on your system’s furnace or air handler. The one that is outside will be by the outdoor unit is a small metal box. Make sure they are both turned on.
– Clear Debris Around AC Condenser: You need to be sure that there is ample room around your outdoor unit as well to make sure it gets air circulation. There should be two feet of clearance to ensure it gets the air that it needs, or it will overheat and shut off. Plants and trash can get in the way of this.
– Hard Reset of AC System: If you know how to do a hard reset on your system, that can give it the reboot it needs to fire back up. If not, leave it up to the pros.