Things can get stuffy fast when your air conditioner won't turn on in Houston. Thankfully, Church Services is here to help you stay cool, even when your AC isn't running properly. Here are eight possible reasons why your air conditioner won't turn on and how to fix them.
1) Check the Thermostat
The simplest explanation for your AC not turning on is a thermostat problem. Make sure your thermostat is on, set to "cool," and that the temperature is set to a few degrees lower than the normal ambient temperature of your home. You might also need to replace the batteries. If that doesn't resolve the issue, the temperature sensor in the thermostat could be inaccurate. A thermostat that can't read the correct temperature could stop your air conditioner from turning on. Once you've discovered that the thermostat is faulty, it's time to replace it. If you can't decide on a thermostat that's right for your residence, ask an Expert to help determine the best choice.
2) Check the Air Filter
Your air filter should be exchanged every 30-60 days at minimum. You should change them more regularly depending on the number of pets and people living in your home, and the local air pollution levels surrounding your residence. A dirty air filter can impact airflow, causing your air conditioner to freeze and not turn on.
If your air filter looks dirty or you can't remember the last time you changed it, it's time to get a new one. If your AC was frozen, wait for it to thaw after changing the filter before turning it back on.
3) Check the Circuit Breaker
Open the electrical panel inside your home and try to see if the circuit breaker connected to your air conditioner is tripped. You can identify if the breaker is tripped if the switch has moved to the "OFF" position. To resolve this issue, simply flip the breaker so that it's in the "ON" position.
If your AC continues to trip the breaker after fixing this issue, you could have a serious problem and should get in touch with the Experts at Church Services to keep it from damaging your home or air conditioner.
4) Check the Indoor Shutoff Switch
Often mistaken for a light switch, if your AC won't turn on, the indoor shutoff switch could have been flipped on accident. These switches are usually found near your furnace, in a closet, crawl space or attic. Once you reach the shutoff switch, make sure it's in the "OFF" position. If so, just turn it back on. It's always a good idea to label this switch to stop anyone from mistakenly shifting it off.
5) Check the Outdoor Shutoff Switch
If you or someone else has recently worked on your air conditioner, they may have turned off the external shutoff switch as a safety precaution. First, find the external shutoff switch, which should be near your AC unit. If the switch is in the "OFF" position, just flip it to allow your air conditioner to turn on.
6) Identify the AC's Reset Button
When your air conditioner won't turn on, it could simply need to be reset. Not all ACs have a reset button, so first determine if your unit does. If you can find the reset button, push it before going to turn your AC on again. If you can't reach the reset button, manually reset your air conditioner by shutting your thermostat off for five to 10 minutes before turning it back on again.
7) Inspect the AC for Ice Buildup
Check the air conditioner for any ice buildup either on or inside the unit. If you discover ice on your machine, you need to wait for it to thaw before attempting to start the unit or you risk damaging the AC. Though there are various reasons you might see ice on your air conditioner, it's always preferable to call Church Services for a consultation to keep further damage from occurring.
8) Ensure the Condensate Drain Isn't Clogged
If you don't see ice on the air conditioner, the condensate drain may be backed up. When clogged, your AC won't turn on as a safety precaution. To resolve the issue, unclog the drain line with suction from a wet/dry vac. Verify that you've fixed the blockage by pouring a small amount of clear water and watching it flow out. For severe clogs, it may be best to call the Experts.
AC Still Won't Turn On? Call Church Services!
There's no reason to suffer without air conditioning—contact your local HVAC Experts in Houston to help resolve why your AC won't turn on. Our fully trained technicians can diagnose why your unit isn't working, and complete a repair or install a replacement. And with Church Services, your satisfaction is guaranteed!*
Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your air conditioning appointment in Houston today!