Eight Reasons Why Your AC Won't Turn On-And What to Do

Things can get warm fast when your air conditioner won't turn on in Clearwater. Thankfully, Midway Services is here to help you stay cool, even when your AC isn't functioning properly. Here are eight potential reasons why your air conditioner won't turn on and how to fix them.

1) Check the Thermostat

The simplest explanation for your AC not turning on is a thermostat malfunction. Make sure your thermostat is on, set to "cool," and that the temperature is set to a few degrees lower than the normal ambient temperature of your home. You may also need to replace the batteries. If that doesn't resolve the issue, the temperature sensor in the thermostat may be inaccurate. A thermostat that can't read the set temperature could prevent your air conditioner from turning on. Once you've verified that the thermostat is malfunctioning, it's time to replace it. If you can't decide on a thermostat that's right for your residence, speak with an Expert to help determine the best choice.

2) Check the Air Filter

Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every 30-60 days at minimum. You should change them more regularly depending on the number of pets and people living in your home, and the local air pollution levels surrounding your residence. A dirty air filter can affect airflow, causing your air conditioner to freeze and not turn on.

If your air filter seems dirty or you can't think of the last time you changed it, it's time to install a new one. If your AC was frozen, wait for it to thaw after changing the filter before turning it back on.

3) Check the Circuit Breaker

Open the electrical panel inside your home and try to see if the circuit breaker connected to your air conditioner is tripped. You can identify if the breaker is tripped if the switch has flipped to the "OFF" position. To resolve this issue, simply flip the breaker so that it's in the "ON" position.

If your AC continues to trip the breaker after correcting this issue, you could have a serious problem and should get in touch with the Experts at Midway Services to stop it from damaging your home or air conditioner.

4) Check the Indoor Shutoff Switch

Often mistaken for a light switch, if your AC won't turn on, the indoor shutoff switch could have been flipped accidentally. These switches are typically located near your furnace, in a closet, crawl space or attic. Once you locate the shutoff switch, confirm it's in the "OFF" position. If so, simply turn it back on. It's always a smart idea to label this switch to keep anyone from mistakenly shifting it off.

5) Check the Outdoor Shutoff Switch

If you or someone else has recently worked on your air conditioner, they might have turned off the external shutoff switch as a safety precaution. First, locate the external shutoff switch, which should be near your AC unit. If the switch is in the "OFF" position, simply flip it to allow your air conditioner to turn on.

6) Identify the AC's Reset Button

When your air conditioner won't turn on, it may simply need to be reset. Not all ACs have a reset button, so first find out if your unit does. If you can find the reset button, press it before going to turn your AC on again. If you can't reach the reset button, manually reset your air conditioner by turning your thermostat off for five to 10 minutes before turning it back on again.

7) Inspect the AC for Ice Buildup

Check the air conditioner for any icy buildup either on or inside the unit. If you find ice on your machine, you need to wait for it to defrost before going to start the unit or you risk damaging the AC. Though there are various reasons you might see ice on your air conditioner, it's always smartest to call Midway Services for a consultation to keep further damage from occurring.

8) Ensure the Condensate Drain Isn't Clogged

If you don't see ice on the air conditioner, the condensate drain could be backed up. When clogged, your AC won't turn on as a safety precaution. To resolve the issue, unclog the drain line using suction from a wet/dry vac. Test that you've removed the blockage by pouring a small amount of clear water and watching it flow out. For serious clogs, it could be best to call the Experts.

AC Still Won't Turn On? Call Midway Services!

There's no reason to suffer without air conditioning—reach out to your local HVAC Experts in Clearwater to help determine why your AC won't turn on. Our highly trained technicians can figure out why your unit isn't working, and complete a repair or install a replacement. And with Midway Services, your satisfaction is guaranteed!*

Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your air conditioning appointment in Clearwater today!

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