Your thermostat plays a crucial role in controlling your AC, signaling it to turn on or off based on the room temperature. But what if your AC doesn’t receive the ‘off’ request and keeps running? This not only strains the system but also spikes your energy bills. Don’t worry, though; before you call for a repair, there are safe ways to power down your AC. Let’s explore them.
Option #1:The Outside Kill Switch
Firstly, let’s talk about the outdoor kill switch. While it’s not technically a ‘kill’ switch, it effectively cuts power to your AC. Located near your outdoor AC unit, this switch is usually attached to your home’s exterior under a flip-up cap. Simply open the cap and flip the switch. Listen for the sound of the AC powering down and check the fan blades in the AC cabinet to ensure they’ve stopped moving.
To double-check, head inside and feel for airflow from the vents. If there’s still air coming out, the blower motor might still be receiving power, indicating it’s time to try the next option.
Option #2: The Breaker Switch
Inside your home, locate the circuit breaker panel, typically found in a garage or mudroom. Open it to reveal a series of switches. Look for the one labeled “AC” or “Air Conditioner” and flip it. This should power down your AC. If it doesn’t, the breaker might be mislabeled, but you’ve done your part.
It’s important to note that these methods are recommended because they’re safe. Avoid any approach that involves exposed wiring or complex electrical work. Such tasks are best left to professionals with the right experience and safety protocols.
Let’s Get Your AC Back On (the Right Way)
With your AC safely powered down, it’s time to call in the experts. Contact Nordstrom Heating & Air, Inc. to schedule your air conditioner repair. Our team will swiftly diagnose and fix the issue, ensuring your AC runs correctly and efficiently. Don’t let a continuously running AC stress you out – we’re here to help!