AC Stopped Working? 3 Things You Can Try
Your air conditioner gets a lot of usage throughout the warmer summer months, which is why your appliance should be properly maintained to help keep it running throughout those days without any issues or concerns. This is not something that every homeowner does, which is why there are so many breakdowns during these months from improper maintenance. If your air conditioner has suddenly stopped working, there are a few things you may be able to try yourself in order to get your appliance working like new again. Read on for some helpful information you may be able to use as a guide.
1. Check The Breaker
Go to your breaker box and check the fuse. Be sure you didn't blow a fuse, which can happen when you are pulling more power than you normally would. This is especially true if you also have window units plugged in during this time of the year, fans constantly running, or a pool that is also running. If you have a lot going on at one time, all of this extra power that you are pulling can result in the fuse blowing. Check your breaker box to be sure you didn't blow a fuse or trip the breaker and reset it if need be. If this wasn't the case, the problem may be more in-depth.
2. Check The Thermostat
Be sure that the thermostat is working properly. You can check it by changing the temperature, or you can change the setting to fan only to see if it attempts to just start the fan on your furnace. If there isn't a signal from the thermostat to the rest of your system, the problem may be with your thermostat, not with your air conditioner. In this case, a replacement of the thermostat is necessary. If you have an older thermostat, this may be a wise decision to change it anyway because newer thermostats are more energy efficient.
3. Inspect Your Unit
Inspect the unit outside and see if it's dirty, damaged in any way, or has anything blocking the airflow to the unit. If this is the case, you may need to clean the unit, repair any damaged fins or coils, and remove anything that could be blocking the flow of air. Once this is done, try to turn the air conditioner on to see if it helps at all.
If you have issues with your air conditioner and it has stopped working, use the information above to try and make the repairs yourself. If you are unsuccessful, you should call a professional HVAC technician for help.
Contact a local HVAC service, such as Add Air INC, to learn more.