An air conditioner acting up can be really stressful, but sometimes, all it needs is a reset. Immediately hiring a technician will cost you a lot of money when you may be able to take care of the issue yourself. We researched the steps on how to do this so you can get your AC up and running again in a snap!
You can easily restart your AC by pressing its reset button for three to five seconds if it has one. If you can't find it, here is a guide you should follow to restart your unit effectively:
- Switch off the thermostat of your AC.
- Look for your AC breaker and turn it off.
- Wait for a minute before switching your breaker back on.
- Turn your unit's thermostat on after 30 minutes.
There are different reasons you should reset your AC. Aside from resetting, there are other ways to resolve your AC unit's issues. For this, search no more because we looked for everything you must know.
Why You Should Reset Your AC Unit
Resetting your AC unit helps solve minor AC malfunctions, so it is much more convenient to do than paying a technician to fix it.
However, because doing this may require you to reset your AC circuit breaker, repeatedly doing this may cause damage to it. That is why you must know if you can solve these issues simply by restarting or not.
Here are some of the AC troubleshoots resetting may solve:
- AC is not turning on after a power outage.
- Your AC lets out warm air instead of cool air.
- The air conditioner fan is not spinning.
If your Heil AC unit is still malfunctioning after restarting it, do not attempt to do it again.
How To Fix Your AC Unit
Sometimes, your appliance only needs a refresh or a reset to function again. If your Heil AC model has a reset button to do this for you, you only have to press it for several seconds. To check if your unit has it, look for a red button.
For ACs without this button, switch off your thermostat and breaker, as mentioned. After a minute, turn your breaker back on.
Set your thermostat to five degrees below your room's temperature, and after half an hour, you will be able to see if your unit is working well.
Check out this post for more information about where to find your AC breaker.
But what should you do if it still malfunctions after a reboot? Can you try fixing it yourself or not? To answer these questions, here is a guide for you:
1. Inspect Your AC Unit
Make sure you have turned your AC's power off before inspecting it. Here is a list you can use to determine what is causing your unit to malfunction:
- It doesn't cool your room evenly - if this is the case, inspect the distribution channels of your unit. In addition, check if your air conditioner's fan is spinning air into the duct system.
- AC turns on but isn't cooling your room - if your thermostat is set at your desired temperature, but your unit isn't cooling the area, check your AC's condenser and evaporator. If too much dirt buildup in them, it is probably the cause of your appliance's issue.
- The condenser unit turns on and off frequently- a clogged condenser or fan probably causes this problem.
- Condenser unit not turning on - a faulty motor may be present if this happens. In addition, it may also be that your AC isn't receiving enough power, so examine all its wiring and check if it is plugged in.
2. Clean The Clogs In Your AC
Dirt buildup on your AC can be the culprit for its problems. For instance, a clogged air filter may cause your AC to troubleshoot.
Clean air filters help regulate the airflow through your space. Clogged air filters block the airflow your system needs to function, which is why regular cleaning or replacing them is best.
Your AC unit's collected moisture from the air goes into their condensate drain line. If this drain line is clogged, your AC will not be able to turn on or work well.
Simply cleaning them will fix your problem, so follow these steps:
- Make sure your AC unit is off.
- Locate your AC's drain pipe. Look for a PVC pipe with a plastic cap. In a house, it is typically located outside of your condenser unit. In a building, it is probably in the same closet as your AC.
- Remove the cap from the pipe with your hands.
- Check for clogs or debris.
- Eliminate clogs or debris, and make sure not to push it down your drain line. For more severe clogs, use a wet and dry vacuum.
- Pour one cup of white vinegar.
- Replace the drain cap and wait 30 minutes before turning your AC back on.
Read this post about capping your ACs drain line for more information:
3. Hire A Technician For More Severe Issues
If you have already reset and cleaned your AC's air filter and condensate drain line, your system is still not working. It is time to hire a contractor.
Some issues that are too complicated to fix on your own:
- Tripping breakers
- Blown fuse
- Dirty evaporator coils
- Refrigerant leakage
- Faulty motor
- Wiring problems
If your Heil AC has a blinking green light, it may be a warning sign that it is troubleshooting. Check out this post for more information:
Should You Replace Or Repair An AC Unit?
The average AC repair costs $336. A more specific cost rate can range from $163-$520. However, more severe issues can cost up to $1100. The price you need to pay will depend on your system's problem.
It may cost you a lot of money to get your AC fixed; it is best to check if the repair cost is more expensive than buying a new unit to decide. If it is, you should get a new AC instead.
You should also consider how old your appliance is. On average, air conditioners last 15-20 years. That is why it is better for you to replace your AC than get it repaired if it is over ten years old.
Another reason to purchase a new AC is that older AC models have R-22 refrigerant, which is more expensive as it is phased out.
Because AC units need additional refrigerant once in a while, you may have difficulty finding an R-22 refrigerant as it hasn't been legally available since 2020. Newer models use R-410a environmentally friendly refrigerants.
The last reason is pure economics. Newer AC units are more energy efficient, saving you money on utility bills.
How Can You Prevent Air Conditioner Malfunctions?
Aside from AC system troubleshoots are burdensome, especially on a sunny day, getting it fixed can be too costly.
If you don't want to sweat from the stress of AC problems offer, here are some maintenance tips for you:
- Replace your AC's dirty air filters.
- Inspect your system's ducts and repair them if there are holes. The usual warning sign that your AC ducts have holes is when your electricity bills keep going up or if it seems as if there isn't enough airflow from the registers.
- Use a programmable thermostat for your AC. Newer thermostats are more precise and save more energy than older ones. You can also get a thermostat to control using your smartphone or tablet for easier access.
- Clean around the outdoor of your AC. If dirt, debris, or trash clogs in your condenser and outdoor fan, it may affect your unit, so you should clean them to get your system to function again.
- Regularly maintain your AC. Hiring a technician to inspect and maintain your AC periodically is much cheaper than having your system fixed or buying a new one because it has been neglected.
Like most appliances, air conditioners sometimes need a refresh to function correctly again. Power outages and mild AC malfunctions most times need a reset.
Doing this is easy as you only have to press buttons down or if your AC model doesn't have them, turn your AC and breaker off before turning them on again.
However, in some cases, restarting your AC doesn't fix its malfunctions, so you will need to inspect what exactly is causing it. Afterward, you can then determine if you can repair the problem yourself or if you need a technician.
Before you go, read this post about resetting air conditioners for more information: