What to Do When Your AC Won’t Turn On?

When the inside of your home experiences uncomfortably high temperatures, hitting the air conditioner’s “on” button makes sense. However, is there anything more frustrating than trying to power up the AC only to discover it won’t turn on? A sad fact of life involves learning machines don’t always work. Another lesson to learn is don’t panic. Follow a few smart troubleshooting steps instead.

1. Make Sure It’s Plugged In

The most basic troubleshooting step is the first one to take. Since a little shock sets in when the air conditioner doesn’t work, people assume it’s broken or otherwise damaged. We forget that someone may have pulled out the plug before heading out to work. Or, maybe you accidentally pulled it out and didn’t know. So, check the plug to see if that’s the minor problem causing your panic.

2. Examine the Air Filter

A dirty air filter can lead to the AC unit shutting down. Remember, the purpose of the filter is to catch dirt, dust, and other impurities. Filters, while durable, cannot last forever. At some point, a replacement is necessary. If the filter becomes too clogged and you don’t change it, the unit may shut off. Replacing the filter and cleaning out the air conditioner would likely get things running again. Consider it wise to ask a professional to find and install the appropriate new one. At [company_name], our team is ready to handle these and other requests.

3. Check the Thermostat

A connected thermostat may control the power to the air conditioner. Is the thermostat set to the right mode? Is the temperature set low enough for the air conditioner to work? A quick scan of the thermostat may reveal a straightforward solution to getting the air conditioner running again. Of course, we’re assuming the thermostat works properly. It might need new batteries or there could be a wiring problem. Regardless, if the thermostat malfunctions, request repair or replacement work.

Why deal with a non-working air conditioner when the team at [company_name] is ready to assist? Call our front desk to request a service call. We provide a variety of heating and cooling services for customers in Huntsville and the surrounding area.