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Why Won’t My AC Turn On?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 2:07 pm

It’s the last thing you want to happen when you live in Florida: you switch on your air conditioner (or the programmable thermostat turns it on)… and nothing happens. There might be a few simple reasons for this, such as a tripped circuit breaker. But if the quick fixes don’t work, you will need to get an HVAC technician to diagnose the problem.

If you live in Melbourne, FL, the air conditioning experts at Next Generation are on call if you need to get your system running again.

Getting help from a technician to find the source of the problem is vital because of the many different reasons an air conditioner might not turn on. Here are a few of them:

  • Failed start capacitor: A capacitor is responsible for transmitting voltage to the motors that run the fans and the compressor in your AC. The run capacitor keeps these machines working, while the start capacitor gives the initial electric charge to get them going. If the start capacitor burns out due to faulty wiring or excessive wear, your air conditioner will have no catalyst to get it started.
  • Motor problems: The capacitors keep the AC motors running, but if any of the motors breaks down, your AC will not work. As with any machine with moving parts, air conditioner motors can suffer damage over time. If your AC has gotten dirty, it can cause the motors to work harder than normal and burn out faster.
  • Thermostat trouble: The problem with your air conditioner might lie outside the unit itself and come from the thermostat. If the thermostat is incorrectly calibrated, it may not know that the AC needs to turn on. If there are other electrical issues with the thermostat, it could lose the ability to communicate with your air conditioner—and you’ll have no way to tell the AC to give you cool air.

An HVAC repair professional can figure out the trouble with your unit and find a way to fix it. When it comes to air conditioning, Melbourne, FL, relies on the expertise of Next Generation. We’ll get your air conditioner running again, and with Priority Membership you’ll receive a 100% money back guarantee that we do the work right.

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