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Air Conditioning Unit Outside Not Turning On

We've all been there, scratching our heads and wondering why the air conditioner inside is functioning but not the one outside. It is common, and you are not alone in experiencing it. A split-system air conditioning unit consists of two separate units, each of which plays a critical role in the system's overall performance. If any units malfunction, the system will not function properly.

Evaporator refers to the component of your air conditioner located within the home, while the condenser/compressor is located outside. If the fan on the interior of the air conditioning unit is working, but the fan on the exterior is not, there is an issue that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Air will be circulating, but we won't be able to chill your home until we fix the air conditioning equipment (condenser/compressor) that is located outside.

Not Getting Any Cool Air? Try Out These Suggestions:

You can attempt a few things before contacting a professional HVAC specialist if your exterior air conditioner does not appear to be functioning properly. The following is what we suggest you do:

Check the button that turns the system off.

Most air conditioning systems on the market come equipped with an off switch that can be located close to the outdoor unit. The conventional location for this is in a metal box attached to your house. If the air conditioner in your home would not turn on, the switch that controls the unit's power can be set to the "off" position. It's possible that this switch was accidentally activated when someone was working on your air conditioner not too long ago. Check this region carefully to confirm that the switch is set correctly.

Check that the thermostat is set to the COOL position.

It's remarkable how many people get this basic point wrong, even though it seems like it should be obvious to everyone. This issue manifests itself more commonly in residences where the thermostat temperature is routinely tinkered with. Ensure the temperature setting on your air conditioner is turned to the "cool" position if you want it to blow out cool air. To test whether or not your system is functioning properly, switch it to the COOL setting and then reduce the temperature by five degrees below the present setting. If you can hear your air conditioner's compressor turning on, the system is operating properly. If you don't, you can end up with an additional problem on your hands.

Check the power switch on the inside unit.

Still, having trouble getting an air conditioning unit to turn on? If this is the case, check to ensure that your indoor system has all its components properly. Locate the power switch close to your HVAC system, and then turn the system off. This switch can often be found in the area close to your systems, such as in the crawl space, the closet, or the attic.

Even though this power switch seems to be a light switch, it is very typical for homeowners to turn this switch to the "off" position by accident. The electricity to your blower is cut off whenever this switch is turned off, which increases the risk of ice forming in the indoor system. Should this occur, the power to your entire unit will be cut off. Locate this switch and ensure it is set to the "on" position to solve this problem.

Investigate the possibility of a blown a fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

If you suffer a power surge in your home at any point in time, this can cause a circuit breaker to trip or a fuse to blow, resulting in your air conditioner being rendered inoperable. Look in the following two places to determine whether or not you are experiencing this problem:

Main electrical panel

In newer homes, these are referred to as circuit panels, whereas earlier residences may have referred to them as fuse boxes. Check to see if any of the fuses in the fuse box have blown if you do have one. If you have, there's a simple solution to that problem! Just put in a new fuse in place of the old one. Check to see if any circuits in your home's circuit breaker have been tripped. If you discover any, move the switch to the "off" position and then back to the "on" position.

Switch box.

If the air conditioner would not turn on, the problem may be caused by a blown a fuse located at a safety shut-off box. This should be located near your air conditioning unit. You should be sure to check and see if there is a blown a fuse, and if there is, you should repair it as soon as possible. You should always change the fuse, even if it doesn't appear to have any problems at first glance. If this resolves the issue but occurs again, you should contact an air conditioning service provider. These professionals can immediately take care of the problem, so you won't have to waste time mucking around with your system

You can also try a System Reset.

A simple system reset can be all that's needed to solve the problem when an air conditioning unit on the inside is working properly, but the one on the outside is not. Find a switch labeled "reset" somewhere on your cooling system before implementing this strategy. Some air conditioners do not have them, but most of them have. If you found it, give it a little nudge to see if anything happens. You will need to restart if you do not have this switch manually. After waiting five minutes, you should reactivate the system by turning the thermostat back to the "on" position. Because several things might cause air conditioners to turn off, performing a reset is something that you should consider doing.

Make sure the line for the condensate drain is clear.

Your air conditioner will produce condensation while it is operating effectively. This empties itself through a line that leads to the drain. However, if the humidity levels outdoors are quite high, this condensate pipe may become clogged. If this takes place, it has the potential to trip the safety switch, which will then turn off the cooling system. Utilizing a dry/wet vacuum to remove the obstruction is one of the potential solutions to this problem.

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