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Feeling Hot? Top Reasons Why My A C Won’t Turn On

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Feeling the heat indoors because your AC won’t turn on? You’re not alone, and we know how crucial a working air conditioner is during those sweltering summer months. Read on to discover why your cooling system may be letting you down and how to fix it.

Top Reasons Why Your AC Won’t Turn On

The frustration of an air conditioner that won’t turn on is something we all want to avoid, especially during the peak of summer. At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that understanding the common reasons behind this issue is the first step toward resolving it. Here are the top reasons why your air conditioner might be giving you the cold shoulder:

Electrical Issues

One of the most common reasons an AC unit—including the condenser unit—fails to start is an electrical problem. This could be anything from a tripped circuit breaker to a blown fuse. Before panicking, check your home’s electrical panel and your system’s power supply. If everything looks okay there, the issue might be internal to the AC unit, and it’s best to call a professional.

Thermostat Settings

Sometimes, the issue is as simple as incorrect thermostat settings. Ensure the thermostat is set to “cool” and the temperature setting is below the current indoor temperature. Also, check if the thermostat’s batteries are still functional.

Thermostat Settings

Dirty Air Filter

A clogged air filter can obstruct airflow, causing the air conditioner to work harder and eventually shut down. If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, this could be the culprit.

Refrigerant Leaks

Low refrigerant levels can affect your AC’s performance. Leaks often occur in areas like the evaporator coil and require immediate professional attention, both for the sake of the unit and the environment.

Faulty Capacitor or Motor

The capacitor stores extra electrical energy to help kick-start the AC motor. A malfunctioning capacitor or fan motor can hinder your air conditioning unit from turning on. These parts are not user-serviceable and should only be handled by qualified technicians.

Drain Pan Overflow

Modern air conditioners have a safety switch that turns off the AC system if the drain pan overflows. This can happen if the condensate drain line is clogged. You’ll need to unclog the line or replace the drain pan.

Age of the Unit

If your air conditioner is more than 10-15 years old, its age might be the issue. Older units are less efficient and more prone to breakdowns. It might be time to consider a replacement.

Inadequate Maintenance

Like any piece of machinery, an air conditioner requires regular maintenance for optimal performance. Skipping routine tune-ups and inspections can lead to problems, including a unit that won’t turn on.

The reasons for an unresponsive air conditioner can range from simple fixes to more complex issues that require professional expertise. If you’ve checked the basics and are still experiencing problems, it’s time to consult professionals. We have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and fix any AC issue, ensuring you stay cool all year round.

HVAC Maintenance Services

We Can Fix, Replace, or Tune-Up Your AC!

Struggling without that much-needed cold air? Staying comfortable indoors shouldn’t be a seasonal affair—it’s a year-round necessity. To meet all your heating and cooling needs, we offer a full spectrum of HVAC services. Whether your issue is minor or major, we’ve got you covered.

AC Repair

When your air conditioner falters, we spring into action. Our skilled technicians are trained to tackle every type of air conditioning repair, from refrigerant leaks to electrical faults. If your AC won’t turn on or isn’t cooling properly, we’re your go-to experts.

AC Installation

Installing a new air conditioner is a significant investment, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. From helping you choose the right model for your needs to professional installation, we ensure a seamless transition to a cooler home.

AC Maintenance

Prevention is better than cure. Regular maintenance checks can extend the life of your air conditioner unit and improve its efficiency. As part of our Energy Savings Agreement, we offer annual or bi-annual inspections to keep your system in peak condition.

AC Maintenance

Financing Options

We understand that a new HVAC system is a significant investment, and sometimes your budget might not be ready for it—even when the need is urgent. To alleviate the financial burden, we offer flexible financing options in partnership with trusted third-party financiers like Wells Fargo, Travis Credit Union, and Synchrony Financial. This way, you can get the system you need today and pay over time, subject to approved credit.

Take Action Now!

Why suffer through another sweltering day? All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to restore your comfort with expert AC repair, maintenance, and installation services. With flexible financing options and a team of highly skilled technicians, we’re your go-to solution for all your HVAC needs. Make your appointment today and give yourself the gift of a comfortable home.


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