Help! My AC Won’t Turn On!
There are a few ways to save yourself some money when it comes to air conditioning repair. Before calling in the pros there are actually a few simple things you can check and fix yourself. Here are a few common issues and how to troubleshoot what may be wrong with your AC unit.
My Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On! Don’t assume that your air conditioner is broken or at the end of its life, especially if it is already several years old. Check these common, but easy to fix issues that can be the cause of an AC unit not coming on:
Thermostat: This may seem silly, but we have been on several calls where the thermostat was not set on “cool” – so it didn’t kick on when the temperature was lowered at the start of the warmer months.
Circuit Breaker: If the breaker trips for any reason, it can keep your unit from turning on. Storms are major causes of breakers tripping, and Florida is not short on those! Check the breaker and make sure everything is in the on position as it should.
Filter: Filters help keep your AC running smoothly on many levels. Fully remove the filter and replace it if it is clogged up with dirt and dust. You may have only had to replace it once or twice over the winter months, but spring and summer time increase pollen and other particles in the air increasing the frequency of changes.
I’ve checked the above, but my AC still won’t turn on! Once you’ve gone though the above and tried to turn your unit on again, if it still won’t come on, these may be the issue:
Rechecked the Thermostat: Go back and take a second look at your thermostat. Make sure that the temperature it is set to is cooler than the temperature indoors. If it is, lower the setting another 4 or 5 degrees – if your air conditioner doesn’t jump on this change, one possibility may be that the thermostat needs to be recalibrated or replaced.
Clear the Condenser: The condenser is the official term for the outdoor unit. Overgrown grass and weeds can infiltrate and choke your unit up. While you are out there, make sure there is no other debris (like leaves or trash) collecting around the condenser. There should be about 2 feet around the unit and 8 feet above the unit that is clear of obstruction. Proper spacing helps with adequate airflow.
Should you find that none of the recommended troubleshooting tips work, then you can be rest assured that you have tried everything you could to and that it is time to call in a professional air condition technician.