It is monsoon season here in southern Nevada. In the past few weeks we have had intense heat, sudden burst of winds, rain and lightning storms. There are those who have experienced power outages due to the storm, and when the power was restored, you may have noticed that your air conditioner has been acting kind of weird. Often nothing is wrong with the air conditioner, it simply needs a reset. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will explain why an air conditioner may behave oddly, and how to reset your air conditioner.
Why Reset an Air Conditioner?
There are many reasons why you may find the need to reset the air conditioner. One of the most common reasons why an air conditioner will require a reset, is when its circuit breaker trips. The breaker may trip suddenly during a power outage, or when the air conditioner becomes overloaded or overheated. To protect itself the breakers will trip. Sometimes a reset can restore the air conditioner when it is blowing warm air. An air conditioner will sometimes blow warm air when an error has occurred in the thermostat. Sometimes a hard reset can restore the air conditioner and thermostat.
How Do I Reset My Outside AC Unit?
Before we begin walking you through the reset process there are a few things you may want to keep in mind. Resetting the air conditioner is not a complex task and most people can reset the air conditioner themselves if they wish. However, depending on the design of the unit, accessing the reset button may require you to open up the condenser unit. In some cases opening up the condenser unit yourself may impact the unit’s warranty. To prevent any future issue with your unit warranty, look over your air conditioner’s warranty and conditions. Make sure you will not be voiding your own warranty by opening up the condenser unit yourself. If you feel up to the task and the warranty looks good, here is a step by step guide on resetting your air conditioner.
• Step 1. Power Down the Air Conditioner – Your first step is to turn off the circuit breaker to the air conditioner. Next turn off the air conditioner at its power switch, which is usually located near the unit.
• Step 2. Find the Reset Button – Most air conditioner units will have a reset button. They tend to be small and red. You may need to look at the owner’s manual to locate your unit’s reset button.
• Step 3. Hold the Reset Button – Once you have located the reset button, press and hold for 5 seconds and then release.
• Step 4. Restore Power – Now you can restore the power to your air conditioner. Place the unit’s power switch to the on position and then flip the breakers. Once power has been restored, check your thermostat settings and make sure they are set to “Cool” and “Auto”.
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If resetting your air conditioner did not restore your air conditioner to is proper state, there may be another underlying issue. For air conditioner repairs and more, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.