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Old 08-01-2006, 05:12 PM   #1
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central air wont kick in?

We have a 2story home with seperate furnace/cental air unit for each level. This works out great for keeping upstairs cool except recently I have had an intermittent problem where the upstairs a/c unit wont kick in. The thermostat is set at 78 but its 85 degrees upstairs. The furnace blower is running but no cool air. I took the programmable thermostat off the wall and snapped it back in place. The a/c kicked in and the upstairs cooled off nicely. the next day same problem. corected with disconnecting thermostat and putting back in place. This solved the problem but it happened again the next day. So I bought a new honeywell programmable thermostat. It worked great for 4 days! Tonight I came upstairs to 85 degrees. The blower running but just warm air coming through ductwork a/c condenser not on. What is the problem? PLEASE HELP.

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Old 08-01-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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central air wont kick in?

It's probably low on freon, but it could be other issues. It is best to call a HVAC service tech. The low on freon thought would be it runs for a while then high/low pressure switch turns of the compressor. After it cools down for a while it will run again for a short time. Also, it could be freezing up do to low freon or air restriction (dirty filters or condenser (outside unit). Or like I stated a lot of other things. Check the filters and condenser...then call a service tech.

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Old 08-03-2006, 05:05 PM   #3
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central air wont kick in?

Im not sure if it would be low on freon because after i turn off/on the thermostat it cools the upstairs pretty quickly.

Is there a sensor or a pressure switch that may be bad? when the thermostat calls for cool where does the signal go?

I am not ready to calla sservice tech yet as it's 100 degrees and they are busy and expensive this time of year..this is an intermittent problem that has me annoyed more than anything
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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central air wont kick in?

As mentioned above it could be low on freon, take a look at the copper lines if they are freezing that's good indicator (also could be a plugged coil too). You say it's intermittent, when it's working go outside to the condensing unit and see if the compressor is running for a while, when the fan inside is on. If it's running for a while and the air is cool chances are the freon is not low. If you're low on freon the compressor will cycle a lot. If you have a set of gauges check the freon, they sell a cheap, tire pressure gauge looking one at Walmart, I don't know how good they are.

Assuming that the freon is OK, and you seem to think it is, I would guess it's electrical. First make sure you have the wires on the correct terminals and that there are no loose connections. Try turning on the unit and jiggling the wires on the thermostat to see if there's a break. Thermostat wiring is usually thin solid wire that breaks easily if bent a few times or nicked when stripping. These breaks can happen inside the insulation and can't be seen. If you have some slack in the wire, pull it out and strip the wire back further and look for breaks. It may have been that the first thermostat was bad and that the wire broke from bending it when putting in the new one.

Don't do the following (there's live 220 Volt electric) unless you know what you are doing, you could cause damage to yourself or the unit:

You can jump the thermostat wiring in the condenser unit to see if it's working and if it's the wiring from the house to the unit.
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