Why Won’t My Air Conditioner Turn On?

Ah, summer. It’s the season where setting aside time to unwind is not only acceptable, but encouraged, and for many, this means basking in the AC while outside temperatures rise into the 90s and even higher. At least a handful of people will find their plans for relaxing in their cool, conditioned living rooms falling through this summer thanks to AC breakdown. It’s a veritable horror story, and if it occurs during a heatwave, the results can be dangerous.

Maybe you woke up this morning to find out that your air conditioner just won’t turn on— if not, maybe this fate looms right around the corner. Here are just a few reasons why an AC may be unresponsive, all of which point to the need for service.

Problem #1: Your Thermostat Needs Adjusting

This may seem like an obvious cause for the issue at hand, but it’s something that often goes overlooked. In combined systems, thermostats that are set to “heat” will never allow an AC to properly cool the home. Be sure that yours is set to “cool,” and if so, turn the temperature down 5-10 degrees to see if your unit will click on. If not, it’s time to look elsewhere.

Problem #2: Power Surge

It’s no secret that air conditioners can use up quite a bit of power on a monthly basis, and power surges are not unlikely to occur from time to time. This can cause the illusion that your AC just won’t turn on, which may not be the case. Be sure to check your main electrical panel for any tripped circuits—either a “fuse box” in an old home or a circuit panel in newer homes. Some air conditioners also come equipped with shutoff boxes, which can easily blow fuses and should be checked if your AC won’t turn on.

Problem #3: The Air Filter is Dirty

If you’re not sure when the last time you cleaned your AC’s air filter was, there’s a good chance that it’s in need of either cleaning or outright replacement. Look for the unit’s return vent filter where air gets pulled into the AC and check to see if it’s dirty. A simple change of the filter may be all that the doctor ordered to get your air conditioner back into shape.

Problem #4: The Condensate Line Requires Attention

Finally, you may want to take a closer look at your AC’s condensate line. Air conditioners create condensation as they operate normally, which exits the home from a drain line. If the line gets clogged, a safety switch can be tripped that shuts the AC down. A condensate drain pump or even a wet/dry vacuum may be able to clear the clog and get your AC back into working order.

Still can’t get your AC to turn on? The team at Anchor AC is here to help.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

What to do When You Can’t Take the Heat — Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

The sizzle of summer is underway in the greater Atlanta metro area. In homes across the region, from the picturesque southern suburbs of Peachtree City in Fayette County, stretching towards the outer towns of Carroll County like Villa Rica, the mercury is rising. It’s the time of year when many families start to crank up their air conditioning.

That said, some may be in for a rude awakening when their AC system seems a bit fidgety and they have to decide what makes more sense, to repair it, or to replace the system whole. Here are a couple questions to ask yourself as you aim to save money and stay cool this summer:

Question One: How old is your central AC?

When it comes to the bigger purchases in life, people expect a certain degree of longevity. A parent may watch as their family minivan ages alongside their children, and there may be a sense of nostalgia when the time comes to trade it out.

When it comes to an air conditioner, another big-ticket purchase, age should also play a meaningful role in what you should expect your system to deliver. The rule of thumb for central air conditioning is easy to remember: a solid system should last a decade. Not only is this decade rule important because older systems are less efficient, but because over the course of ten years, the new systems offered can greatly outpace those from previous years. For example, the sleek and modern systems from Trane are among the most energy efficient on the market today.

Question Two: Is your air conditioner performing up to snuff?

Owners of a central air conditioning system can use the age of their system as a basic benchmark for its expected efficiency. That said, performance doesn’t always flow with the years like one expects it to. Unfortunately, an AC that is sputtering along often goes untouched and eventually breaks down. Given how hot the summers in Georgia are, that can be a problem. If your system’s performance has depreciated beyond repair, it may be time to finally consider a replacement.  

Question Three: How much would repairing your AC cost?

As your air conditioner starts to age, and its performance enters its twilight, a final question comes into play: just how much is this going to cost? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and it requires an honest quote from a trusted name in the HVAC industry. That said, if your mind is set on going the repairs route, just know this, the next fix will probably come sooner than the first did. The marginal costs of repairing a broken AC can add up, and this is something to be wary of. Believe it or not, the cost friendly answer to a broken AC is often replacing it and installing a new system.

At Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the air conditioning units we offer. Exclusively supplying Trane systems, we’re confident in their products, as well as, our time-tested installation of systems that far exceed expectations. So if you’re starting to feel the heat, it’s time to consider calling in our expert team!

Questions? Anchor Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more and to get a quote for replacement or repair.

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a New HVAC System

Beyond your mortgage, utility bills are the among the highest costs of operating a household. As you know, your HVAC system can constitute a large portion of your utilities. So buying a central heating and cooling system could be one the largest investments you’ll make in terms of upfront investment and future utility savings that stem from an updated system. Whether you are buying a new HVAC system to preemptively improve energy-efficiency or replacing a broken system, we have some questions for you to ask first:

  • What size or capacity system do I need to comfortably heat and cool my home?
  • What is the condition of my current ductwork? Can it be used with a new system?
  • What brands do you offer and why do you prefer those brands?
  • Can you tell me more about the SEER rating and the energy efficiency of the system?
  • What kind of guarantee do you make on the installation and on the unit itself?
  • How long will the installation take from start to finish?
  • Do you handle the removal of the old system and the clean-up at completion?
  • Do you handle all of the necessary permits and approvals with the local authorities?
  • Can I see proof that you are licensed, bonded and insured?
  • Can I get a written estimate including all the terms and conditions?
  • What are your payment options?

A high-quality, efficient system that is properly installed can provide years of comfort for your home, while keeping your utility bills in check. Being prepared with the right questions will allow you to make the most informed decision when you purchase a new HVAC system. An HVAC specialist from Anchor will evaluate your needs, keep you informed at every stage of the project and install your system correctly. We will also not hesitate to provide references and will gladly answer any of the above questions for you. Call us today, 770-942-2873.