Eight Reasons Why Your AC Won't Turn On-And What to Do

Things can get stuffy fast when your air conditioner won't turn on in the Niagara Region. Thankfully, Service Experts Home Services by Enercare is here to help you remain cool, even when your AC isn't functioning 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 will also sometimes need to replace the batteries. If that doesn't fix the issue, the temperature sensor in the thermostat might be inaccurate. A thermostat that can't read the desired temperature could keep your air conditioner from turning on. Once you've learned that the thermostat is malfunctioning, it's time to replace it. If you can't decide on a thermostat that's right for your residence, consult with an Expert to help determine the best choice.

2) Check the Air Filter

Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every 30-60 days at minimum. You should change them more frequently depending on the number of pets and people living in your home, plus the local air pollution levels surrounding your residence. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, causing your air conditioner to freeze and not turn on.

If your air filter appears dirty or you can't think of the last time you changed it, it's time to replace it with 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 attempt 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 might have a serious problem and should contact the Experts at Service Experts Home Services by Enercare 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 may have been flipped accidentally. These switches are usually placed near your furnace, in a closet, crawl space or attic. Once you find the shutoff switch, confirm it's in the "OFF" position. If so, you’ll need to turn it back on. It's always a helpful idea to label this switch to stop anyone from mistakenly turning it off.

5) Check the Outdoor Shutoff Switch

If you or someone else has recently repaired or maintained your air conditioner, they could have turned off the external shutoff switch as a safety precaution. First, locate the external shutoff switch, which should be near your AC unit. If the switch is in the "OFF" position, simply 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 find out if your unit does. If you can find the reset button, press it before attempting to turn your AC on again. If you can't locate 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

Look over the air conditioner for any ice buildup either on or inside the unit. If you find 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 may see ice on your air conditioner, it's always smartest to call Service Experts Home Services by Enercare for a consultation to stop 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, clean the drain line trying suction from a wet/dry vac. Test that you've fixed the blockage by pouring a small amount of clear water and watching it flow out. For particularly tough clogs, it could be best to call the Experts.

AC Still Won't Turn On? Call Service Experts Home Services by Enercare!

There's no reason to suffer without air conditioning—call your local HVAC Experts in the Niagara Region to help determine why your AC won't turn on. Our well- trained technicians can troubleshoot why your unit isn't working, and complete a repair or install a replacement. And with Service Experts Home Services by Enercare, your satisfaction is guaranteed!*

Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your air conditioning appointment in the Niagara Region today!

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