While thunderstorms happen regularly during the summer here in Upstate South Carolina, they can still take you by surprise. You may end up sitting in the dark after the storm ends, with flashlights or candles lighting your way. You may even find your house heating up as you realize your air conditioning has stopped working, too.
The real worry comes once the power comes back on, and your A/C… doesn’t. You may be wondering if your A/C is gone for good, but before you call in the professionals, we have a simple procedure you can try. So let’s talk about resetting the circuit breaker, and what to do if that doesn’t fix the problem.
Step 1: Turn The Thermostat to “Off”
Setting your thermostat to off will allow it to stop “asking” the AC for cooling until you are able to reset both the internal and external breakers. Some thermostats are battery operated, and the problem could be solved by a quick change in batteries. See which thermostat you have and work from there. If you don’t have a battery operated thermostat, follow the next steps of instruction.
Step 2: Reset The Breaker
Most likely, a power surge from the storm overloaded your air conditioning’s circuit, causing the circuit breaker to “trip.” In this case, it needs to be reset. Typically located in your garage, laundry room, basement, or exterior part of your home, find the circuit breaker box and locate the “air conditioning/HVAC label”. If you can’t find the label, look for the switch that is standing in a neutral position, meaning it’s neither “on” nor “off”. Turn the switch to the “off” position (right), and simply flip it back over to the “on” position (left).
Step 3: Wait 30 Minutes
Your AC needs some time to reset its internal circuit breaker after a power outage. It may seem like an eternity at the time of the event, but during the 30 minute trial, the internal breaker in your air conditioner is trying to reset. That’s why it’s so important to keep the thermostat in the “off” position during this time, because the internal breaker cannot reset if the thermostat is calling for cooling.
Step 4: Turn The Thermostat to “Cool”
After you’ve waited the alloted time, turn the thermostat back to “cool,” and it should kick your air conditioning back on. Be sure the temperature setting is at least 5 degrees below the room temperature so the thermostat can call for cooling from your AC unit.
Step 5: Call A Service Provider If These Steps Didn’t Help
If doing this didn’t help, you may have a bigger problem at your hands. It’s best to figure this out as soon as possible, so you can get a technician out at the earliest time. The problem may be deeper and more dangerous than what you believe, and in times like that, it’s always best to leave the handy work to the professionals.
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