Unlike many areas of the country, here in Southwest Florida, we rely on our air conditioning systems to work year-round. We have grown so dependent on these machines for comfort we just expect that as soon as we flip a switch, they will come on and start cooling our homes and offices down for us. But what if suddenly they stop working?
You may find yourself perplexed “Why won’t my AC work?”
You have come to the right page for answers! All Day Air Cooling and Heating are the air conditioning and heating experts. We can help.
Let’s look at the common causes and how to remedy them.
If your air conditioner fails to turn on, there could be a pretty wide range of possible culprits. Thankfully, the most common ones are also the easiest to deal with.
Let’s start with problems you, the homeowner can fix:
The thermostat settings are incorrect. Be sure that the temperature is set lower than the current temperature, the system is set to “cool,” and the system only responds to changes. We realize this sounds simple, but it’s very easy to overlook, and we would rather you find out the problem was that simple than paying a visit fee when you don’t really need to.
The air filter is too dirty. A clogged up air filter will all but stop airflow in your HVAC system and ducts. This all too often leads to overheating causing the unit to shut off and not restart. It’s the leading cause of frost and ice forming inside the unit, which will prevent your AC from working.
You have tripped the breaker. As a major appliance, HVAC systems are typically set on a dedicated circuit within your service panel. Go to your breaker box and check to see if the breaker is tripped. If so, reset it. If the problem happens again, it’s time to call either an AC repair company or an electrician!
Now that we have covered what you can troubleshoot yourself let’s look at bigger issues that may require professional AC repair.
Frozen or dirty evaporator coils. Dust frequently comes into contact with the evaporator coils, which can lead to cakes of restrictive goo that will keep the system from running. This is why you should never skip annual AC maintenance. It can easily be the demise of your air conditioning system if not kept up on.
A clogged condensate line. The drain pan and condensate hose may develop a clog. These are the parts that are responsible for removing moisture from the system. When too clogged can cause the system to back up and fail to start as a form of self-preservation. It may also leak causing water damage to surrounding areas.
Refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks cause your system to freeze up. Though your air conditioner will actually continue to run if it develops a refrigerant leak, the system lacks enough material to remove heat effectively.
Internal component damage. This is your worst-case scenario for a non-starting AC.
If your system was making strange noises before it stopped working then you may be dealing with a damaged AC blower assembly, AC condenser failure, or another component problem.
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If you’re still saying “why won’t my AC start?” don’t stress—call on the certified air conditioning contractors at All Day Air Cooling & Heating and our expert AC repair team can help day or night.