Why Is My AC Not Coming On?

Why Is My AC Not Coming On?

A non-functioning air conditioner is not necessarily a death sentence for your AC unit. There are different reasons for a faulty air conditioner, and some require only quick fixes done by experienced professionals.

Our professionals at Air Stream Heating & Air Conditioning have decades of experience fixing and maintaining AC units. If your AC isn’t coming on, then a simple call can get you on the way to having your AC unit working again.

Several issues could be responsible for the source of your AC troubles. Below are a few of the most common causes of an AC not turning on, and some fixes you can try before calling a professional.

Refrigerant Leak
If your AC unit is not cooling your home or you start to hear a new hiss-like sound coming from your unit, you could have a refrigerant leak. The refrigerant in an AC unit is what makes the air blowing out of your unit cold, working similar to coolant in a car.

If your unit is working properly, you will not need to add refrigerant continuously to the system. However, if you have a leak, you should call a professional to remedy the issue. A leak will require immediate repair, because, if left untreated, it could lead to refrigerant poisoning.

Tripped Circuit Breaker
If you run a lot of appliances in your home at one time, it’s not uncommon for a circuit breaker to trip. This is a fix you can make yourself. All you will need to do is locate your electrical box with the tripped breaker, then switch it back to its ON position.

This only becomes an issue requiring professional services when it happens repeatedly. If your breaker trips often, it may be because the circuit has been overloaded. Instead of continuing to turn it back on every time, call an electrician, as this can cause an electrical fire.

Clog in the Air Filter
Your AC unit has an air filter that you need to periodically replace, as it can collect dust and debris and become clogged. In the common case of a clogged air filter, your coils could freeze as a result of blocked airflow.

When this happens, your AC unit will no longer be able to cool your home. To remedy a clogged air filter, switch your AC to the OFF position and turn the circuit breaker off.

Locate the clogged air filter and change it out. It will likely have ice built up, so you may need to wait for the ice to melt before turning the AC back on. Once it has melted, you are ready to switch the AC back on and enjoy cool air in your home.

Emergency Repair Services

If your AC goes out unexpectedly on a hot day, it could require emergency repair from the professionals at Air Stream. Emergency repair services include air conditioning repair, AC maintenance, or AC replacement. The need for emergency repair services can vary, but typically involve one of the following:

  • Blown fuse in the AC unit
  • A clogged filter
  • Dirty evaporator coils
  • Dirty condenser lines
  • Refrigerant leak
  • Faulty motor
  • Wiring issues
  • A faulty thermostat

We Can Get Your AC Turned On!

If you are experiencing issues with your air conditioning unit, call us for a quick solution! Air Stream Air Conditioning & Electrical can repair, replace, or maintain your AC unit quickly and easily. Call us at (813) 960-0510 to make an appointment.

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