Florida is known as the State where people come on vacation or move to after retirement. And yes, it’s true. We won’t deny it. It means we’re lucky enough to bypass those increasingly horrible frigid winters that most of the country has been experiencing lately.
It also means dealing with unbearably hot summers that would make Dante’s Inferno sound like a pleasant day at a park. So when your AC doesn’t turn on, you have every reason in the world to freak out.
But is there anything you can do before blowing your savings on a new system?
Below are some of the most common reasons why an AC may fail to work properly.
5 Common Causes to Why an Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On
1. A tripped circuit breaker.
This is your home’s way of protecting itself from fires. If you’re doing laundry, drying loads, using the dishwasher, baking a pie, and blasting your AC all at once, the power surge may cause a breaker to trip. Before you panic, check to see if you need to reset a breaker.
2. The insides of the AC are frozen. Air Conditioner is frozen inside.
This many happen if you don’t change your air filters frequently. When dust and debris accumulate, they block the air flow.
Your air conditioner absorbs the heat from your home. The moisture condenses and drips into a drip pan, which is then drained outside. However, if the air flow is obstructed, instead of dripping into a pan, the condensation will freeze. Over time, this creates multiple layers of ice over the AC coils.
If this is the issue, change the air filters and point a blow dryer (in its lowest setting) directly at the ice. And please place regular reminders on your calendar to change your air filters. The more people you have in your home (or if you have pets or someone smokes or has allergies), the more often you have to do it.
3. You have a blown fuse.
The fuse box is a small square box on the outside wall of your home. You can open it by lifting up its metal lid. Pull the fuses out and use a multimeter to do a continuity test. If one of the fuses is not working, you can simply buy a new one at any hardware store.
4. Your thermostat is broken.
If the screen on your thermostat is completely blank, watch this video tutorial to find out if it needs to be replaced.
5. Faulty capacitor.
Most air conditioning units have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. If yours is older than that, you may need to replace the entire unit. However, before you make such a big decision, you can do a capacitor test. This is the part of your AC unit that starts the motor. You can also test it with a multimeter.
Contact A+ Air Conditioning in Gainesville for AC Service Repair
No matter the issue with your air conditioner, we can help you. And because we understand that a working air conditioner is essential in Florida, we offer 24/7 AC emergency service.
Call us, and let us get your AC back to proper working order.