Why Won’t My Air Conditioner Turn On?
When your air conditioner won’t turn on, what should you do? Check out these simple troubleshooting methods to see if you can get your AC back up and running before you start to sweat. If you’ve tried all these things and your air conditioner still won’t turn on, it’s time to call an air conditioning repair specialist.
Check the Settings on Your Thermostat
Check that the thermostat is set to “cool” and that the intended temperature is lower than the ambient temperature. If the fan is on “auto,” it will only operate while the air conditioner chills the air. While at it, ensure it is set to “on” or “auto.” The fan is instructed to operate constantly when the AC is “on,” even though no air is being cooled.
Check Your Home’s Circuit Breaker Panel
Electricity is used extensively by air conditioning systems’ electrical circuits. A momentary power surge may trip the circuit breaker for the circuit and prevent electricity from flowing through it. Your AC is unable to operate in the situation. A circuit breaker will change from the “on” position to the “off” position if it has tripped. Flip any tripped breakers back to the “on” position to reset them.
Make Sure Your HVAC System’s Power Switches Are On
The majority of central air conditioners have two power switches. The interior unit is powered by one switch, and the outdoor unit is powered by the other. Both switches must be in the “on” position for your AC to operate. The switch for the interior unit is typically located close to your system’s furnace or air handler. The switch for the outside unit is typically located adjacent to the outdoor unit in a metal box on the outside of your house.
See if the Air Filter Is Dirty and Needs a Replacement
A clogged air filter can impede airflow, taxing your air conditioner and increasing the likelihood that it will overheat and shut off. During the cooling season, most households should change their air filters at least once every three months. Replace your air filter today if you don’t remember when you last did so or if it is unclean. Keep multiple filters on hand so you can swap them out as necessary.
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