My central a/c system will not turn on and I really don't want to
spend the $$$ to get someone out to fix it if it is no big repair.
Anyway, here's what happens...
Turn the a/c on by lowering the temperature inside on the thermostat
on the wall in the hallway. The central fan blows, but nothing cold
comes out. Actually the air is pretty hot! The outside unit is not
making the usual noise that we hear when it runs normally, but the fan
on the top is running....I went out to see if kicking it would make it
work and noticed the fan. Anyway, if someone more knowledgable could
give me an idea of ehat is going on, I would really appreciate it. We
came back last night from vacation to find our a/c out and with no
Why that damned, uppity hunk o' metal!!!! I would proceed with continued
kicking until it decides to give you a good reason. Try using steel-toed
boots this time. It would be even better if you had someone with more
powerful leg muscles do the kicking.
Try posting your inquiry in its entirety on the newsgroup "alt.hvac"
which is a more suitable group for in depth technical questions about
air conditionaing problems like yours.
I'm almost certain that the professional HVAC folks on that newsgroup
will be able to diagnose your problem and give you answers very quickly.
Uh, the OP's name ends in an "a", so your comment is probably not gender
And anyone brave (or silly) enough to admit to the world that they tried
kicking the compressor unit deserves whatever responses she/he gets.<G>
Assuming you've checked the obvious circuit breaker/fuse condition:
If the compressor is not running, the most common cause is a defective*
relay/solenoid. This can be fixed/replaced by a moderately handy
If the compressor IS running, the solution is beyond the scope of the
*The relay could be fried or not making good contact.
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