As summer heats up, we all turn on our air conditioners. Having a comfortable home is important, and nobody likes it when the air conditioner is not working on a hot day. Especially if it stops working on a Friday before a holiday weekend! We have had a lot of storms in Kansas City the past few weeks, so we are getting more calls than normal that air conditioners aren’t working after a power outage.
Did you know that there are usually circuit breakers within your HVAC unit in addition to the circuit breakers in your wall panel? If there is a power outage or a low power situation (brownout) it is possible that the circuit breaker inside your HVAC will be thrown. If this happens, your air conditioner might be on and running but not blowing cool air. There is a simple solution to this problem that won’t require a visit from an HVAC specialist!
To troubleshoot this problem, follow these simple steps (be sure to follow the order exactly, it matters)
- Turn your thermostat to the OFF position. This will make sure that the thermostat is not asking the HVAC unit for cold air as it senses high temperatures.
- Flip the switch on your circuit breaker for the HVAC unit to OFF.
- Flip the switch on your circuit breaker for the HVAC unti to ON.
- Wait 30 minutes (allow the HVAC time to sense that power is being supplied, but no demands are being made for cool air. The internal breaker should reset if that was the problem)
- Turn your thermostat back to the COOL position. The HVAC system will kick on and start blowing air. If the problem was an internal circuit breaker, it should be fixed and blowing cool air again!
This happens often enough that we train our staff, especially the property managers, to know what to do when this kind of problem is reported. The best thing about this solution is that it is a fairly quick fix and doesn’t require you wait for an HVAC specialist to come to your home!
If you can think of any other commons problems that you would like us to explain how we handle them, be sure to comment or email us at email@example.com.