Perhaps the worst thing that can happen in the dead of summer is for your air conditioning unit to break down. And it always seems to happen when you’re the least financially prepared for it, too. However, there are some things you can try to reset your air conditioning unit before calling a technician to help.

If, however, you find that you have tried the below advice and still can’t get your air conditioning unit to work, we here at Ambient Edge can help. We can come to your home or business anytime, day or night, for emergency help with your HVAC needs. And, if it’s not an emergency, we offer flexible hours to make our service calls more convenient for you. You can call us at 888-628-5890.

Power Outages

If a power outage is the reason you can’t get your A/C to turn back on, try following the below steps and see if this does the trick:

  • Turn off your air conditioner at your thermostat
  • Reset the air conditioner breaker in your circuit breaker box
  • Wait 30 minutes, then turn the thermostat for your air conditioner back to “cool.” It should be at least five degrees cooler than room temperature

If you find this process too difficult, or if it doesn’t work, give our technicians at Ambient Edge a call. This may be an electrical issue, which is something you should not handle yourself if you are not experienced with electricity.

If You Don’t Have a Reset Button on Your Outdoor Unit

If your outdoor compressor unit has a reset button, which is typically red and very visible, then you simply press it and hope that the problem resolves. If your unit does not have a reset button, then follow these steps to reset it manually:

  • Shut off the power to the compressor unit, which is typically located in a shutoff panel next to the unit
  • Once this is done, shut off the power to the unit via the breaker in your circuit breaker box, as well
  • Unplug the unit from the power supply board and disconnect the system. This ensures that the unit is receiving no power whatsoever
  • Wait 30 minutes, then plug the unit back in
  • Make sure your thermostat is set to “cool,” then, in order, switch the breaker back on, then the external power supply

If the unit is still not working as it should, you may have an issue with your power supply, or your filter may be dirty. Our technicians can check it out for you and resolve the issue at its source.


There are some situations that you should not attempt to fix yourself. In these cases, you should call a professional immediately because something more severe is going on. For example, if the breaker on your unit keeps tripping, and if it is slow to cool down, this is something that needs immediate attention. This may be the result of a loose connection or an exposed wire. In these situations, if you try to reset the unit yourself you might actually cause a fire instead!

You should also never attempt to work the breaker panel if its cover is missing, or if there are exposed wires. You could be risking electrocution, so let the professionals handle this one.

Typically, the best practice to follow is that if you need to reset your unit often, then something is wrong. And you can do more damage to the system with constant resets. Our technicians can determine whether your fans and filters are dirty and are gumming up the works, or if something more severe needs attention, like issues with your compressor.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance essentially works like a well-visit for your HVAC system. If we check on your system regularly, we can catch smaller problems before they become larger issues. This not only prolongs the life of your system, but it also saves you money in the long run. And, in some cases, it can even save lives when our technicians handle problems our customers would have otherwise attempted when they were inexperienced with things like electricity and exposed wires.

Does Your Air Conditioning Unit Need Some TLC? We Can Help!

Whether your air conditioning unit needs a repair or a replacement, Ambient Edge is highly skilled to perform either service. We will work with you on the best possible system to meet the needs of both your house and your budget.

Fill out our contact form for non-emergencies, or give us a call at 888-628-5890 to make an appointment for a service call. We will come equipped with a variety of parts and tools so that we can hopefully fix your system in one visit. If it needs replacing, we will set up a time that works best for you. Call us now, and let’s get you back up and running!

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