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AC disconnect switch

HI, can I have you option / help on something. My friend Central AC is not working and, I told her to look for the out side disconnect switch. She found it and sent me these pics, I never seen anything like this, does this take a fuse? or does it just press In? Or is it broke?

Thanks - Tom


  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,230
    That is a common disconnect box. If you plug it in with the "ON" up the circuit will be complete and the AC could run. If you plug it in with the "OFF" up the circuit will be open and the AC can not run.

    There is no fuse in the box.

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  • Tom bates
    Tom bates Member Posts: 27
    Thanks, So the last photo, is the correct way for it to run? I also would like to know should it be pressed in hard or just soft?
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 17,121
    Hard. Those contacts have to fully engage, and they aren't meant to be easy. The handle thingy has to rest at least flush with the enclosure.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Tom bates
    Tom bates Member Posts: 27
    edited June 2016
    Thank you. I will tell her, I will let every one know if it will work
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    edited June 2016
    She also needs to check the Breaker box, inside the house and make sure the, Breaker for the circuit, that feeds that box has not tripped.
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 8,962
    Does the furnace fan run when there is a call for cooling?

    If not does the fan run with fan switch "on"?
  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 935
    Any fuses would be behind the plastic panel below the pull bar.