2 Common AC Disconnect Problems

An air conditioning unit.
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An AC disconnect is also known as an air conditioner switch box or fuse box. It contains the controls for the main energy supplier of the air conditioner, like the breakers and fuses. It also protects the wires of the air conditioner from weather and other outdoor elements. Usually AC disconnects are found outside, with the end of the AC showing inside the house. This is because the AC needs to expel hot air. An AC disconnect box can either be a pull-out or an enclosed molded case. The latter is preferred because it withstands the elements of weather better. Most houses have air-conditioners nowadays because air conditioners have dual functions, they can cool the air and they can also clean the air.

In today’s modern technological era, air conditioners play a vital role, thus AC disconnect leads to a lot of inconvenience and hassle. Many people rely on AC to be able to live a comfortable life. Keeping your AC’s switch box in proper working order not only guarantees the safety of your family, but it also helps your air conditioner last longer. Make sure to always check on the air conditioner box and make the necessary repairs as soon as you think one is needed. When it comes to anything technical or anything that involves electricity, it is best to ask trained professionals to do it for you, or at least ask them for a consultation. Major disasters and unnecessary accidents will be avoided if you seek professional advice.

1. There is No Power

If there is no power being supplied to the condenser, it is time to check the breakers and the fuses inside the AC disconnect box. Extreme caution should be taken because the AC disconnect may contain high voltage. If you are unsure whether or not some of the breakers and fuses need changing, ask a professional to do it for you. Don’t go into an unfamiliar situation because it might lead to electrocution, shock, and even death. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. It Does Not Open

An outdoor air conditioning unit.

The AC disconnect box needs to be changed when it won’t open, or when it appears to be weathered. The AC disconnect box is like the central nervous system of the air conditioner, it protects the breakers and the fuses. If it is too weathered, water and other environmental elements can destroy the breakers, or fuses, which in turn affects the performance of the air conditioner. It is therefore important for you to make sure that the AC disconnect box is always working its best. Do not change the air conditioner disconnect box unless you are a trained professional.