How to Restart Your Cary HVAC Unit After a Power Outage

This year has thrown some curveballs, but the one thing that we've come to expect this time of year is a hurricane (pretty sad when a hurricane is the least disruptive event in our life, right?). In fact, with Hurricane Isaias headed our way, and months of future hurricanes to come, it's quite possible that your home may experience a power outage. In addition to stocking up on bread, milk, flashlights, and batteries, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the operating systems of your home - and how to get them back up and running once the power comes back on. Cary HVAC power outtage

With that in mind, today we'll discuss 5 easy steps for restarting your Cary HVAC Unit after a power outage.

Nine times out of ten, when the power comes on, your Cary HVAC will also come back on. It likely won't return to a comfortable temperature right away, but when your A/C turns off for a period of time, you can expect it to take a minute.

However, sometimes when your power comes back on, your Cary HVAC does not. Sometimes this can be resolved by simply resetting the circuit breaker. Let's walk through the steps to do just that.

Step 1: Turn Your Thermostat “Off”

The first step to resetting your circuit breaker is to turn your thermostat to the "off" position. If your thermostat has battery-backup, it will continue to "ask" your Cary HVAC unit for cooling. By turning it off, it will stop it from working so hard to make the connection and allow you to reset both the internal and external circuit breakers.

Step 2: Reset The Circuit Breaker

If a power surge from the storm (thunderstorm, hurricane, etc) overloaded your Cary HVAC's circuit causing the circuit breaker to trip, it needs to be reset. Most circuit breakers are located in your garage, laundry room, basement, or even the exterior of your home. Find the breaker box and look for the switch that is labeled "HVAC" or "air conditioning." If you can't find it, you can also look for the switch that is in the neutral position. Once you've found the switch, turn it the "off" position (right), then flip it back over to the "on" position (left).

Step 3: Wait 30 Minutes for Your Cary HVAC to Reset

Simply resetting the external circuit breaker won't magically fix your Cary HVAC. Your unit needs some time to reset its internal circuit breaker after a power outage. While you wait, be sure to keep the thermostat in the "off" position.

Step 4: Turn The Thermostat to “Cool”

After 30 minutes have passed, you can turn your thermostat back on "cool," which should cause cool air to start flowing through your system. Be sure the temperature setting is at least 5 degrees below the room temperature so that your thermostat can effectively call for cooling from your HVAC unit.

Step 5: Call in the Professionals

If you've followed steps 1 through 4 and your Cary HVAC is still not running properly, you may have a problem. Rather than try to troubleshoot this yourself, it's best to call in the professionals to diagnose the issue and resolve it as quickly as possible. We won't know what the issue is until we take a look, so give us a call right away to schedule an appointment.

We have licensed HVAC technicians available to handle all your HVAC needs from routine maintenance to getting your Cary HVAC unit back online after a power outage. No one should suffer in the North Carolina heat after a hurricane, so if you feel like you have a problem with your HVAC unit, call us at 919-435-2711. 

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