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AC Not Turning On?

If your air conditioner won’t turn on, we know how frustrating that can be, especially when temperatures are rising during the summer months. Our HVAC professionals in Burlington, NC are ready to serve your HVAC needs. Assisting both residential and commercial clients, we provide heating, air conditioning repairs, installation, and maintenance, and more for your home or office. If you want Burlington, NC HVAC service that is quick, competitively priced, and easy to request – contact Barber Heating & Air now. We have the products and services you need in Burlington, NC and surrounding areas.

If your AC won’t turn on, we recommend that you troubleshoot a few things before calling us. There are some serious problems that can cause these issues, but typically, when your AC won’t turn on, you have about a 70% chance of solving the issue yourself. Here are some key terms regarding what you need to know when your AC unit won’t turn on:

  1. Split AC Unit – A split unit is an air conditioner that has two parts: one inside (in a closet, attic, or utility room inside of your house), and an outside unit.
  2. Packaged AC Unit – A packaged unit is just one big unit that has both of these parts, and is typically located on the roof.
  3. Condensing Unit – A condensing unit (or “condenser”) is the boxy-looking part of a split AC unit that is outside.
  4. Evaporative Coil – An evaporative coil is the part of a split AC unit that is located inside of your home, or in a utility room or attic.
  5. Thermostat – This should be an easy one! The thermostat is the control panel for your air conditioner that is located on the wall of your house somewhere.
  6. Air Filter – Your air conditioner has an air filter that is located somewhere that is usually (not always) easy to change. You should be changing this every three months or so.

Now, onto the steps you should do before calling your HVAC professionals:

  1. Check your thermostat. Although it might sound simple, make sure your thermostat has power, it’s in cool mode, and the set temperature is below the current room temperature.
  2. Check your air filter. When your air filter gets clogged, it can cause the AC system to turn off or freeze up.
  3. Check the circuit breakers. Reset it once for safety.
  4. Check your AC drain pan. This is below the indoor portion of your AC. If it’s full or the drains are clogged, this can trigger a float switch and keep your AC from turning on.
  5. Check your AC shutoff switch. Often times, your AC has an on/off switch just like your home light switches. Make sure it’s on!

We hope this helps! If your air conditioning isn’t working, combine these practices with the Barber Heating & Air Residential Service Agreement and you’ll be cooled down in no time. Contact us today!

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