As the temperature climbs your air conditioning unit becomes an increasingly important part of your home or work environment. It’s the most effective way to stay cool, keep your focus, and get things done.
The best approach when your air conditioner won’t turn on is to call a professional. However, before you do this you may want to check the following, the problem could be surprisingly simple.
Check The Power
Your air conditioner probably has an on/off switch located near it. This is where it connects to the main power supply. It may even have the switch on the unit but at the back. Check this hasn’t been nudged and is in the on position.
The next step is to head to your main fuse panel. Your air conditioner should have a dedicated breaker. Take a look and make sure it is in the on position. If it’s not, turn the breaker on and wait a few moments.
If the breaker trips again straight away you have an issue with either the unit or the breaker. You’ll need to get professional help to identify where the issue is and get the problem resolved.
Your thermostat may simply be set too high, intentionally or by accident. The thermostat tells the air conditioner to come on when the temperature passes a certain level. If you set the thermostat to high the temperature won’t become hot enough to trigger power to the unit. Simply turn the thermostat down and see if this helps.
If turning the thermostat doesn’t get the unit going then you may have a problem with the thermostat itself. You’ll need to replace the thermostat to get the air conditioner working again.
Some air conditioners turn themselves off if they become too hot or detect another internal issue. This is a safety measure to protect your air conditioner. You’ll need to locate the reset button and push it. If there is no reset button turn the power off for at least five minutes before turning it back on and starting the air conditioner.
It should be noted that, if the air conditioner starts working again you’ll need to monitor the conditions it is working in. This can be beneficial if the reset button is triggered again.
Get Professional Help
If none of the above issues seems to be the problem with your air conditioner or it is consistently shutting off, you will need to call out the professionals and get them to check and service your machine. In most cases, the problem is small and easily fixed. But, if your air conditioner is old you’ll need to be prepared for the worst. Sometimes repairing it simply isn’t an economical approach. Of course, the sooner the unit is looked at, the more likely it is that it can be repaired.