If your AC just isn't working, then you might be getting a bit frustrated. You might even be ready to call a professional. However, your problems might actually be caused by something that is very easy to fix. Here are some common causes of AC problems that are easy to fix on your own:
Check the Circuit Breaker
First of all, you want to check the easiest solution: the circuit breaker. There are three main reasons that your circuit breaker might be giving you problems.
- Someone might have accidentally flipped the wrong switch when handling the circuit breaker, probably when handling one of the following two situations.
- You might have recently had a power outage in your area. Check with your power provider to see if that is the case.
- You have too many high-wattage appliances in the same area as the air conditioner. AC's use up a lot of electricity when they run, so if you have anything else that uses a lot of power in the immediate vicinity that is plugged into your home's power grid, you might need to move some stuff around.
Ultimately, it's not particularly uncommon for some switches in the circuit breaker to get flipped. Diagnosing and solving this situations is incredibly easy. Simply go find the circuit breaker box, which is likely in a closet, in the garage, or on an exterior wall of your home.
Normally, all of the switches should be flipped in the same direction. If there are any labels present, then you should follow their instructions, since they might shed some insight into some peculiarities of your home's electrical distribution scheme. You'll know that all the switches are oriented correctly, since your home won't have any power at all when they are in the incorrect position.
Take a Look at the Thermostat
If you think that your AC isn't working, you might actually be dealing with a broken or malfunctioning thermostat. In fact, you might even just be using the wrong settings on your thermostat.
Some thermostats have time-sensitive settings or might only kick in if you set the temperature to a certain range. Check with the manufacturer to see which settings you should be using and if there is anything that you are doing incorrectly.
If the problem is with the thermostat, then you might need to get it recalibrated so that it can more accurately detect the temperature in your home. In this case, you will likely need to call a technician—like those at McKinney Heating & Air Conditioning and other locations.