The first thing you are going to want to do is to turn off the power to your unit. As strange as it sounds, this is very important. If there was an electrical failure in your home or office, turning off the main power breaker will immediately stop the flow of electricity through your wiring. This will prevent any further damage to both you and your AC unit.
If you cannot find the main electrical breaker (and this is very important), turn off the power to your AC at the disconnect box or circuit breaker panel. If you see any sparks, smoke, or smell burning wires, immediately go outside and call the fire department. Never try to deal with a fire yourself as it can get out of hand very quickly.
After you have turned off the power to your unit, it’s time to do some troubleshooting. Sometimes, this is as simple as changing out a fuse or resetting the circuit breaker panel in your home. However, there are times when more extensive repairs need to be done before your AC will come back on.
How To Check Your Air Conditioning System Correctly
If you have a low-quality AC unit, there is a chance that your compressor motor will continue to run when the unit shuts itself off when overheating. A good way to prevent this from happening is by checking for any visible damage in your system. It can be a bad compressor belt or a broken wire somewhere in the system. If either of these is the case, you will need to replace the compressor or have it professionally repaired.
Hire An AC Repair Contractor Instead Of Fixing It Yourself
In most cases, repairs to your air conditioning unit require a professional because they need specialized tools and training. Since household electrical wiring can be very dangerous if not used correctly, it’s best to have Riverside Heating and Air Conditioning come out and handle the job.
If your air conditioner is under warranty, don’t be alarmed if the unit malfunctions. There are times when warranties will not cover certain issues related to how you used or maintained your system. Make sure you know what kind of work is covered by your warranty before you make any kind of repairs.
As strange as it may sound, there are many times when minor problems with your air conditioning unit can be fixed by changing the thermostat setting. Oftentimes, this is all it takes to get the compressor to turn on. If this isn’t the case for you and your system will not come on, it’s best to call a professional.