Air Conditioner Safety
As we have previously discussed a central air conditioner can draw a lot of power, and for this reason there are a number of safety checks involved in your system. We are going to discuss the breakers and fuse panels associated with your system and why they are employed.
Air Conditioner Safety Systems
First off usually in your basement or closet of your home you will find a whole home fuse box. This is most often either a 100 or 200 amp service. Your central air conditioner will have a breaker in this fuse panel. Having your system professional installed will ensure that a correctly sized maximum fuse or breaker is used. The MOP or maximum over current protection needs to be installed according to the size of air conditioner you need for your home.
In addition to that your homes air conditioner will likely have a safety disconnect outside near to where the actual unit sits. This disconnect is always installed on new installations and reduces the chance of people working on the AC while the power is live. Severe injuries can occur if the system starts up with a technician is working on an air conditioner.
Locking Your Air Conditioner Safety Disconnect
The outdoor disconnect is vulnerable to pranks as it is outside and out of sight. Simply opening the door and flipping the breaker will completely turn your central air conditioner off; we always recommend you check both breakers before calling a technician if your air conditioner is not running.
If you are having troubles with someone flicking your breaker off outside you can put a small lock on the box preventing any unlawful access.
Should your air conditioner still not work after resetting both fuses it might be best to call a technician. Our service department call center is trained to go over a few additional checks with the home owner in an attempt to negate a full service call.