There is nothing worse than setting the thermostat so you can get some cool air in your house, and nothing happens. It was eighty degrees and only six in the morning, and I was already suffocating. My air conditioning wasn’t turning on and I was not a happy camper. I took a cold shower, hoping to be able to cool down enough to want to go outside and look at the air conditioning unit. By the time I got out of the shower and dressed, I was already dripping with sweat. I got to the air conditioning unit and I checked the air filter, hoping that maybe it had a lot of dust and dirt, or even verging on being clocked. I didn’t see anything wrong with the air filters.

I went back inside and checked the thermostat.

I was hoping someone had turned it off, or flipped the switch from cooling to heating.

When that wasn’t the case, I turned the temperature down on the thermostat, hoping the air conditioning would turn on. I turned it down one more time, but still nothing was happening. I was worried about calling the HVAC company, but I couldn’t think of anything else to do. I was talking to a HVAC tech and he was asking me all kinds of questions. After about five minutes, he simply asked if I had checked the batteries in the thermostat. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of this. I went out to the kitchen and grabbed new battery. The air conditioning immediately began to hum and I could feel the air coming from the air vents. I felt like such an idiot for not thinking about batteries for the thermostat.