It’s the middle of another hot and humid summer in Pensacola, Florida, and you’ve come home only to find out that your air conditioner hasn’t been working. Before panicking, keep in mind that sometimes what seems like a major problem could be relatively minor. Here are some of the most common reasons your AC might not turn on.
Your AC Isn’t Receiving Power From the Electrical Panel
Check the electrical and any other secondary panel to see if the air conditioner has tripped a breaker or blown a fuse. If you find that the air conditioner has tripped a breaker, simply reset it by turning it off and then back on. If you find the air conditioner has blown a fuse, replace it. Remember that the air conditioner should be powered by and running on a dedicated 240-volt circuit.
Your AC’s Condenser’s Power Switch Isn’t On
Another minor issue that could have resulted in your air conditioner not running is a power switch that has turned off. The condenser’s power switch is mounted on the air conditioner’s outdoor unit. While ensuring that it isn’t turned off, also check to make sure the 240-volt disconnect that’s located next to the compressor isn’t shut off either. You can find this disconnect in a metal box usually mounted to the house.
Your AC Has an Issue That Needs Professional Attention
Although the two aforementioned issues are easily fixable without the help of a professional HVAC technician, you shouldn’t open the thermostat’s shell or mess around with the system’s wiring if you aren’t trained to work with an air conditioner. In fact, what could be just a minor issue could turn into a major air conditioning repair if you try to fix it yourself. Contact your local HVAC contractor for a routine air conditioning service to find out why your AC isn’t turning on.
For more information about how routine air conditioning service can help you keep your system operating efficiency, or if you’re in need of an immediate air conditioning repair, read about how a maintenance plan saves you money or contact us at (850) 637-8479.