How a Power Outage Affects Your Air Conditioner

How a Power Outage Affects Your Air Conditioner

Posted by
Ed Miller on Thu, Aug 22, 2019

power outage, summer, ac unitA power outage can throw your home into disarray. Everywhere you go, you find clocks blinking the wrong time, alarms in need of a reset, and useless chargers. The last thing you need is your air conditioner adding to the trouble.

When the power goes out, you may find your air conditioner reluctant to resume its duties. While a call to a professional is a good first instinct in that situation, it may not be necessary to put in a call just yet. There are steps you can take to give your HVAC unit the kick it needs to get its fans back in gear.

Air Conditioners and Power Outages

Air conditioners work best by keeping the home a consistent temperature without too great a variance. A power outage disrupts that plan. Depending on the length of the outage, your home may heat up a significant amount, especially in the summer season. That increased in temperature may be your first clue that something has gone awry with the HVAC unit.

Should your air conditioner not start back up once power has been restored, try the following steps to see if it is a simple issue, or if further help is needed. While all HVAC systems are different, these basic steps should provide you with a general guideline for most units.

  • Check your thermostat for a way to turn off your air conditioner entirely. Both the traditional dial and the more modern electronic panel types of thermostats should offer a way to turn the system off. If you can’t find one, skip to the next step.
  • A power surge may have tripped the circuit breaker that is associated with your air conditioning system. Check your home’s main breaker box to ensure the switch that controls your system is fully turned on.
  • Leave your air conditioner off for 30 minutes. Half an hour can feel like an eternity in the Jacksonville summer heat, but this time allows your system to reset its circuitry and prepare to cool your home again. It is important to leave it turned off, not just set to a high temperature, to prevent the system from attempting to try to cool the home.
  • Once the 30 minutes have passed, set your thermostat to about five degrees lower than the current temperature so it can work more efficiently. You should find your system is ready to turn on again after its short rest.

When the Basic Steps Fail

Should your air conditioning system not respond after you have taken the basic steps above, it is time to contact a professional for more assistance. Call Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning or schedule an appointment online for fast, friendly assistance from a company who understands the particulars of Florida climate control!

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