Headlines: Big Summer Electrical Storm Causes Outages and Damage!
…and your air conditioner won’t restart? Is it damaged? Perhaps it is a simpler matter of taking a few steps in getting it up running again, but it’s important to do it in the correct way. Here is a list of startup procedures you can take:
- Turn to the OFF position of your thermostat (s).
- At your electrical panel find the circuit breaker for the air conditioner. Turn this switch to OFF and then back to ON. This will reset the external circuit breaker.
- Now…this is important…WAIT 30 MINUTES. (Even if your home gets very warm.) Keep your thermostat in the OFF position to give your air conditioner’s internal circuit breaker a reset.
- After 30 minutes, turn the thermostat(s) back to the COOL ON position. This should get you’re A/C going again.
If not, you could have electrical damage. This may have happened by an electrical power surge caused by lightning or when the power came back on. How will you know if this is true? First, is more than you’re A/C affected? Nothing will power back from resetting your circuit breaker? This calls for an electrician to come out and check for damage.
If it’s only you’re A/C circuit breaker that keeps tripping, there is likely damage to your air conditioner. It may be overheating, for one thing.
IMPORTANT! IF A CIRCUIT BREAKER IS TRIPPING REPEATEDLY, DON’T TURN IT BACK ON!
Your circuit breaker’s job is to protect your equipment and property by preventing the flow of electricity to get too high. Allowing it to keep tripping could trigger a fire.
Electrical Problems Within the A/C Unit
The problem may be a simple electrical issue. The cause of this could include a loose electrical connection, a bad capacitor, or a short in the equipment’s wiring. This may appear to be an easy fix. BUT you should NOT attempt to fix it yourself. It could be deadly if you don’t know what to do. Don’t take the risk. Call Abel and let us come out and take a look at your air conditioning equipment.
Are Problems with you’re A/C due to Lack of Maintenance?
For example, if the air filter and coils get clogged with dust, debris and grime, your air conditioner has to work harder and run longer to cool your home or place of business. Have you noticed it running more than usual?
Eventually, the evaporator coil will freeze, which will ultimately cause it to use too much power and trip the circuit breaker switch. This can lead to water leaks and other problems.
Another problem arises from a damaged fan motor causing the speed to reduce or stop altogether. The coils can’t cool properly and again, the system must work harder using too much power, shutting down.
In the worst case scenario, you could have a bad compressor. This is the heart of the system and is serious.
But, as we said earlier, don’t take matters into your own hands and risk injury, or bring additional problems to you’re A/C. For future prevention, take a look at the Abel (APP) Performance Program. We’ll set you up on a regularly scheduled maintenance visit.
For more about our Performance Program follow this link: APP
Give us a call and one of our experienced technicians will be happy to take a look and give you a proper evaluation.
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