It is never a good time for your air conditioning to malfunction, especially if you live here in Texas. If you are turning on your A/C, it is probably because you need it. If you experience issues with your air conditioning coming on when you need it to, you might be concerned about when you’ll be able to get a professional to come repair the unit.
Fortunately, if your air conditioner does malfunction, there are several troubleshooting tests you can try yourself! Below is a list of a few things you can do to try to get your A/C up and running if it has trouble turning on.
The simplest solution can sometimes be all you need to fix a problem. This has held true in the tech and mechanic industry more so than anywhere else. When you are faced with an issue with your air conditioning system, the best rule of thumb is to start with the simplest potential cause of the problem and go from there.
The Power Source
This might seem like a no brainer, but overlooking something as basic as the power source is actually very common. You need power to run your air conditioning unit, so if yours isn’t turning on out of the blue, you should definitely start here.
Double check and be sure you do not have a tripped breaker, and definitely confirm that the emergency shut off switch on the unit itself didn’t accidently get switched to “off.” If you discover that your unit is causing your breaker to trip multiple times, then it is likely that the air conditioner is pulling more amps than that switch can handle (this might result in you needing a new switch put in or or other electrical work that will require a professional).
One of the most important steps in maintaining your unit is changing your air filter about once a month. Doing this ensures that the air circulating through your home is as clean as possible, but it also helps the unit run properly.
If your air filter gets too clogged with built up dirt, dust, and dander, then it can cause some serious issues with the mechanical side of your air conditioner. This could be the reason your A/C unit is shutting off, so be sure to check your air filter if you are having issues.
The Drain Pan
One thing that people often miss when they think that something is seriously wrong with their air conditioner is the drain pan and line. Your unit will create some condensation, and it has a system built in to deal with it in the form of lines that lead to a drain pan.
If this pan is full or the line gets clogged, the system will automatically shut off for safety reasons. Cleaning these out will likely solve your issues, saving you the hassle of calling in the pros to fix it for you.