You walk into your house after a long day at work and the last thing you
need is for the air conditioner to not be working. Dealing with an air
conditioner that does not turn on is more than a simple inconvenience.
Instead of letting the heat get the best of you, check out the quick solutions
below for some of the most common AC issues.
Faulty Wiring or Tripped Electrical Circuits
Air conditioners can fail for a variety of reasons. When the unit will
not turn on, you may have a problem with the wiring in the AC unit or
the wiring in your home.
You should first check the circuit breakers to determine if the air conditioner tripped a circuit. If resetting the circuit does not solve the issue, the next step is to rule out other causes.
Ice Buildup on the Condenser Coils
In some situations, ice may collect on the condenser coils and other components. If this occurs, the AC unit may not turn on. Make sure that the air conditioner is fully thawed before operating.
Dirty Filters and Condensers
AC filters should be cleaned or replaced to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. If you ignore these basic maintenance steps, the AC unit may stop working. Try replacing the filter before attempting to turn on the air conditioner.
Mechanical and Wiring Issues
Besides the causes discussed, your air conditioner may stop working due to mechanical or wiring issues. These problems typically require servicing by an experienced professional:
Faulty motors and compressors
Dirty condensers and evaporators
Wiring or electrical issues inside the unit
Shortage of refrigerant
When your air conditioner does not turn on, rule out the simplest causes
first. Check your electrical box for tripped circuits, allow your AC unit
to thaw, and replace the air filter.
After attempting these simple fixes, you should hopefully have cooler air. However, some AC issues may require professional repair. When these solutions do not solve the problem, contact the experts at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling!