How to Reset Your AC Unit in 4 Steps

If you are trying to cool off in the humid weather but your air conditioner isn’t cooling down properly, you may need to reset the unit.

Check for a reset switch or use your circuit breaker to manually restart your AC unit.

Below you’ll find in-depth details on how to reset your AC unit.

Let’s get started.

How to Reset Your AC Unit

1. Check for a reset button

Some air conditioners have a handy reset button.

If that’s the case, all you have to do is tap that button, wait for it to turn back on, and then see if it solves the problem.

If your air conditioning unit doesn’t have the reset button, the manual reset isn’t too complicated. If you don’t have the button, follow the next steps.

2. Turn your AC unit off

The very first step you should take is to turn your air conditioner off. Don’t attempt anything before this.

This is a critical safety precaution; if you skip this step, you could risk getting a shock.

3. Shut the circuit breaker off

Head over to your main electrical panel to find your circuit breaker.

If you’re not sure where it is; they are typically located in crawl spaces, garage/basement, or in the laundry room in mobile homes.

Make sure you know which one runs the air conditioner. Sometimes they are labeled, but not always. Once you have located it, shut it off.

4. Wait about 60 seconds

Once you have shut the circuit breaker box off, wait about 60 seconds. Once the time has passed, you can go ahead and turn it back on.

5. Turn the AC back on

Is it working? Then the need to reset was the problem.

Just confirm that it works properly once it’s all powered up. Be sure it’s cooling the house down efficiently as it should.

How to Reset a Window Air Conditioner

Most window air conditioners don’t have a reset button; however, it’s worth a look in case you have one of the newer models that have one.

If not, all you have to do is power off your AC if it’s turning on at all. Next, unplug the air conditioner from the wall.

Wait 30-60 seconds and plug it back in.

There could be a loose connection causing your issues with the air conditioning unit.

You could try to also reset your circuit breaker panel with a window air conditioner, especially if you have quite a few electrical appliances running on the same breaker.

When to Call an HVAC Technician?

There are times we can fix our electrical appliances ourselves, including an ac unit, but if problems persist or if it’s a dangerous scenario it’s better to contact an HVAC professional.

If there are any exposed wires, it’s not something you should be messing with unless you are experienced with electrical work.

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