Whether caused by an overloaded circuit breaker, damaged electrical line, or extreme weather conditions, a power outage is a significant inconvenience. This is especially true during summer, since it can interfere with the air conditioning. Depending on the circumstances, it can even significantly damage the system. If you’re wondering how power issues might ultimately require air conditioning repairs, here’s what you should know.
Air Conditioning Repairs & Power Issues
Outages & Surges
A power outage is, by definition, any time electricity is cut off. There are a variety of causes, and generally speaking, cutting off the power isn’t what causes a problem—the power surge that follows once the electricity returns is the culprit. The power spike that causes electricity to flood back at once can be too much for a device or appliance; circuitry and wiring can overheat or short out as a result. To prevent this, it’s imperative to reset the system properly. It can seem tedious, but it’s the best solution to outage-related air conditioning repairs.
Resetting Your System
To reset your system, start by turning off the thermostat. Then, head to the circuit breaker and locate the switch for the air conditioner. It should be labeled, but if not, it’s likely one that’s been “tripped” and put into a neutral position. You need to switch it first to the “off” position, and then switch to the “on” position. After you’ve done this, you must wait for half an hour. Don’t turn the thermostat back on yet. While the heat can make this unbearable, it'll save you from costly repairs. After the half hour has passed, your air conditioner should be operating again once you turn on the thermostat. If it’s not, there may have been electrical damage, in which case, you’ll need air conditioning repairs.
To prevent a power surge from causing problems, try to minimize overloading the circuit. Don’t plug too many appliances into the same outlet, especially if they require a lot of electricity. It’s also good to invest in surge protectors, especially for your expensive electronics, like computers or entertainment systems. A surge protector lets you plug in multiple devices while also functioning as a miniature circuit breaker; it’ll cut the power in case of an energy spike. Furthermore, if you have old wiring, have an electrician upgrade the system. Some older wiring systems are unable to keep up with modern electrical outputs.
If there’s recently been a power outage and it’s caused problems for your air conditioner, Kool-Wave Air Conditioning & Heating can help. Located in Lake Havasu City, AZ, these HVAC contractors are trusted throughout Mohave County. If you need major air conditioning repairs, a system replacement, or just maintenance, they can do it all. You can learn more about their HVAC services on their website and if you’d like a free quote, call them today at (928) 855-5665.