In Florida, it’s pretty common that we get thunderstorms, and what comes along with that is vicious lightning. Not only can you lose power to your entire home, but it’s possible that you’ll lose power to your AC unit for longer than the time your entire house is out. What might be the cause exactly? What can you do to fix the issue without having to call an experienced air conditioning contractor? There are a few things you can look out for in order to make sure your unit comes back on smoothly.
Turn off AC at Thermostat
Believe it or not, your thermostat will still be sending signals to your AC unit, and when this happens, you’re in danger if you try to reset the circuit breaker. The first thing every homeowner should do is to turn off your thermostat entirely so that it no longer asks for cooling from the rest of the system. Once this is done, your unit will no longer be trying to cool in spite of the power failure, and it can actually save it from further damage if it was trying to operate while in a broken state.
Resetting the Circuit Breaker
Wherever you have the circuit breaker in your home, you will need to find it in order to reset the necessary components. What has typically happened is that the power surge from the storm caused an overload in the system, causing the circuit breaker to “trip”. Thus, all signal from the box to the unit is not going out, and there will be no power. Once you’ve found your box, find the switch with the appropriate label and turn it off and then on again. Within thirty minutes, you should have power returning again.
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Turn on Thermostat
Once you have power flowing again, turn your thermostat back to cool in order to start the entire process again. However, if you’re noticing that the unit is still not functioning properly, there may be a more severe electrical issue at hand.
In cases where there was no storm, or the previous steps did not resolve the issue, then it’s possible that your unit has overheated due to faulty wiring. It’s designed into every system that they will shut off when they have experienced an overheating problem. If this is indeed what has happened, then the above steps will not work and you’re likely going to need additional assistance in order to get your system running properly again.
It’s in your best interest to contact a professional AC repair service company if you are experiencing issues that are beyond the standard circuit breaker fix. Attempting to fix a more severe problem on your own can possibly result in doing more damage to your system, which would ultimately be more costly than having the power failure inspected. This is why we urge you to contact us if you are unable to fix the problem simply and in accordance with the above steps. We’re always eager to help you, so contact us today.
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