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HVAC Not Working After Power Outage? Here’s What To Do

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When an unexpected storm sweeps through or a sudden outage leaves your home without power, there can be more significant consequences than a temporary inconvenience. In some cases, a power outage can result in faulty HVAC equipment.

If you’re experiencing heating and cooling system issues following a power outage, don’t worry. You can take some simple steps to ensure your system remains in proper working condition.

Contact us our team in Fayetteville at (910) 822-2866 or the Triangle at (919) 298-2105 to schedule your HVAC repair services today!

Step 1: Check Your Thermostat

The first step you should take before inspecting any other system components is to check your thermostat. In many cases, HVAC failures can be attributed to an improperly calibrated or programmed thermostat. Check your system by:

  • Ensuring that the thermostat is turned on
  • Confirming that the thermostat is set to the right temperature
  • Assuring the batteries are not dead

Once you’ve confirmed that your thermostat is not the underlying cause of your HVAC failure, you can move on to inspect other system components.

Step 2: Check Your Breaker

After carefully inspecting your thermostat, it’s essential that you check your circuit breaker. Sometimes, a power outage can cause your circuit breaker to overload or even trip. When this happens, it can cut the power supply to your heating and cooling equipment, causing disruptions in your home comfort.

Go to your circuit breaker and reset it if necessary to restore power to your HVAC system. If your furnace or air conditioner does not turn back on after you reset the circuit breaker, there’s one more component you can check before calling in a professional.

Step 3: Check Your Heat Pump & Air Handler Switches

Not only can sudden power loss trip your circuit breaker, but it may also cause issues with your air handler. Inspecting this component following a power outage event is critical to ensure your heat pump works correctly. Here’s how to do it:

  • Turn off the air handler and condenser switches at your circuit breaker box.
  • Wait approximately 30 seconds.
  • Flip the switch back on and test to see if power has been restored for your system.

A simple flip of the switch often can ensure your HVAC equipment is back in proper working order. In other cases, however, a more significant electrical issue may be at play that needs professional attention.

Step 4: Call Blanton’s for HVAC Repair

If you’ve tried all of the troubleshooting techniques above and are still struggling to restore power to your HVAC equipment, Blanton’s Air, Plumbing & Electric is here to help. Our team has years of experience addressing heating and cooling issues caused by sudden power outages, quickly and efficiently restoring full functionality to Fayetteville area homes in no time.

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