If you are cranking up your air conditioner but still not feeling the cool air, you may need to reset your thermostat. If the thermostat on your AC unit is not functioning properly, it will not be able to detect the temperature, and you will never get cool no matter how much you turn the dials.
Thermostats are designed to be durable and reliable, but that does not mean they never break down. If you suspect a problem with your AC unit, resetting the thermostat should be your first course of action. Here are the steps you need to take to reset your AC thermostat.
Shut Down Your AC at the Thermostat
The first step in resetting your AC thermostat is to turn it off at the AC unit. Find the shutoff on the air conditioning unit and make sure the thermostat is turned to the “off” position.
Find Your Circuit Breaker Box
Locate your circuit breaker and the control for your air conditioning unit. If you have a basement, your circuit breaker box could be located there. Otherwise, check the closets and crawl spaces until you find the breaker box.
Reset the Circuit Breaker for Your AC Unit
Your circuit breaker box should be labeled with the items each circuit controls, so look carefully until you find your AC unit. Flip the circuit breaker for the AC unit to the “off” position and make sure it is off.
Wait 30 Seconds
It is important to wait 30 seconds before turning the circuit breaker back on. Wait half a minute, then flip the AC circuit breaker back to the “on” position.
Turn the AC Thermostat Back On
Now that you have reset the thermostat on your air conditioning unit, it is time to put it to the test. Verify that the thermostat is still set to the “off” position, then carefully move it back to “on”. Turn your air conditioning unit back on, set the temperature and wait for that cool air to return.
Hopefully the above steps will resolve any issue you are having with your air conditioner thermostat. A good percentage of thermostat problems are caused by a tripped circuit breaker or other sudden cutoff, and the steps listed above could be enough to resolve them.
If your air conditioning unit is still not working the way it should, it is time to call for help. You do not want to be left without air conditioning when the temperatures spike into the 90s and beyond, so make an appointment to get your unit fixed before that happens.