Living in a warmer climate, you know how hot it can get in the summer. We take it for granted that our air conditioners will turn on in even the most extreme temperatures, but what happens when it doesn’t? You can try to troubleshoot it yourself or, failing that, you can call in a professional.

Our technicians at Ambient Edge have decades of experience fixing all makes and models of air conditioners. We are open 24/7 so that you can get your system back up and running in no time – even in the middle of the night. So, if your air conditioner is on the fritz, give us a call at (888) 240-8283, and one of our technicians will be over in no time to help.

Check the Fuse Box

First and foremost, when an air conditioner won’t turn on, the problem usually lies with the fuse box. This is a common occurrence after a power outage that results in either a blown fuse or the tripping of the circuit breaker. There are two locations you can check in this scenario:

  • The main electrical panel – If you have an older home, this is your fuse box, while in newer homes it is the circuit panel. If you have a fuse box, and you see a blown fuse, then it is time to replace it. If you have a circuit panel, look for a tripped circuit and flip it from “off” to “on.”
  • The shutoff box – Some air conditioners have a shutoff box with its own fuse. You may need to replace this fuse.

Something important to note here: if you are able to turn the AC back on after flipping or replacing a fuse, only for it to give you the same issue again in the near future, then it is time to give us a call. This can be one of three things:

  • Your air conditioner is taking in more electricity than it needs.
  • Your unit is short-circuiting.
  • Your unit is overheating.

The latter two situations can turn into a serious problem that could result in a fire. Unless you really know your stuff when it comes to electricity, you should leave this kind of issue to a professional.

Check the Filter

Another thing to check if your AC won’t turn on is its filter. A clogged filter can cause the machine to fail to turn on. Make sure you clean it regularly and that you replace it every three months.

Check the Shutoff Switch

Some air conditioners have on/off switches like the ones you use for your lights. It may simply be a case of someone switching the on/off switch to the “off” position – a simple fix that is not something you want to hear after you have already paid a technician to come out and look at it! If your kids have been playing near the machine, or maybe if you even recently bumped into it while cleaning, it can be enough to flip the switch.

Faulty Parts

There are several parts of an air conditioner that may be responsible for its failure to turn on. You could have an issue with the motor, the compressor, or the thermostat. Sometimes it’s not so easy to figure it out just by looking at it. One of our contractors can look at your unit and let you know if it’s just a part we need to fix, or if you may need to replace your entire unit. Sometimes, if the unit is older, it’s more cost-effective to simply replace it, rather than laying out the money for a potentially expensive part.

Ice Buildup

Sometimes ice is the culprit causing your AC to stop working properly, specifically icy buildup. Ice can build up in one or more areas of the unit, including around the coils or pipes. Even ice that builds up on the outside of the unit can affect its performance. Ice buildup is also often a result of a dirty filter, which causes the machine to work harder to cool the house off, creating ice in the process.

If this is the case, then you will need a professional to come in and clean the ice off of the unit in such a way so as not to damage the fragile parts that comprise the inner structure of your unit.

AC Won’t Turn On? We Can Help!

At Ambient Edge, we enjoy saving our customers money. That’s why, should you choose to tackle the problem yourself, we aim to help you do everything you can to fix your system before you need to call in our professionals. If you’ve tried these self-help tips and you can’t get your system working again, then we’re here to help. Fill out our contact form, or call us at (888) 240-8283, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – no matter the time, we’ll be there!

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