Everyone knows that Air Conditioners are controlled using their remotes. But mishaps happen all the time; you may misplace your remote control or it can run out of battery; either way, you are unable to turn on or off your Air Conditioner. In the sweltering heat of Dubai, it is impossible to wait for the air conditioner while someone brings out the new batteries and replaces them with the dead ones or finds the remote that you unintentionally placed somewhere and forgot about. To save yourself from all this hassle, you can try some other methods to turn on or off your air conditioner if the controller is not working or misplaced. This article will list all the methods of turning off the air conditioner without the help of a remote.
1- Make use of the Indoor Unit Button:
If you have to turn off your Air Conditioner in the absence of your remote, you can turn it off through the Power Button present on your AC’s Indoor Unit. This is the most reliable and easiest way of turning on or off the air conditioner. You just have to press the button once and you can operate it directly from the supply button next time.
This button is usually located on the left side of your indoor unit’s outer panel. However, some brands have it on the right side of the indoor unit and some have it under their air filters. It might be a bit of a hassle to locate the power button. But once you’ve found it, the rest left is just to press it. The whole process is carried out like this:
- Remove the outer panel of your Indoor Unit.
- Locate the Power Button with ON/OFF or Power Sign. It can be present at the left, right, or under the air filter of your AC.
- Press the Button to Turn On or Turn off your AC.
Air Conditioners Brands like Daikin, Mitsubishi, Funiki, and Gree put their Indoor Unit Button on the left side of the windmill of indoor air unit where the lights of AC are also present.
On the other hand, Panasonic, LG, and Hitachi, the button is well hidden in the indoor unit. You may find it by lifting the dust filter of your AC.
2- Utilize your Smartphone:
Another way to turn on or off your AC without using a remote is to install an app on your smartphone that acts like a remote controller. It’s quite easy as many companies have their unit controller apps on the Play Store and App Store. If you can’t find one of your own companies, you can install any other universal AC remote app that will act as your remote control. Keep in mind that your smartphone must accommodate an IR feature in it to control your AC. IR is an Infrared Sensor that can work within 10m of range and control your unit.
You can not only turn on your air conditioner through the app but also control and modify the temperatures according to your needs.
3- Use Smart Plug:
If your home is equipped with smart plugs like Alexa or Google Devices; you can connect it with your phone and turn on the AC. With smart home appliances installed in your home, you won’t need an additional IR for your phone, as Smart Home Control comes with IR sensors and RF receivers. Your Smart home control enables you to:
- Control and Set Temperature and Humidity Levels of your choice
- Automatically turn on or turn off the system while you’re inside or outside of your room
- Schedule the Unit for Fixed On and Off Timing
- Get constant and needed maintenance alert notifications and air filter cleaning alerts to save you from extra energy consumption and high electricity bills
- Overview of the usage of your Air Conditioning Unit
- Cool the room in your absence
4- Switch on using Circuit Breaker:
One more method can be rolled out to turn off the Air Conditioner. This includes turning off the system by directly turning off the circuit breaker. This will need the installation of powerful circuit breakers solely for the purpose of turning on or off the Air Conditioner. Ordinary and lightweight buttons will melt due to the heavy load on the circuit breaker.
Turning on and off an air conditioner with the help of a circuit breaker is ideal for schools, classrooms, meeting halls, and public spaces as with this method, the previous temperature settings get automatically stored in the system and the next time the system is turned on using the circuit breaker, it will operate on previously set temperature settings provided that the system was initially turned on using the remote or power button in indoor unit.
5- Use Universal Remote:
If you’ve lost your brand-designated remote of your AC; it’s fine, you can buy a universal AC remote that is compatible with your AC model and brand. There are many universal remotes that come with an instruction manual. You can set up that remote with your AC unit according to that manual.
6- Thermal Sensors:
There is an advanced technology that you can install in your home and connect it with your Air Conditioners. For this, you will have to install a small unit consisting of a microcontroller that detects the human presence in the room and automatically turns on the air conditioner. It also works based on the temperature in the room. You can record a temperature limit in it, and once the temperature of that area exceeds that limit, it automatically turns on the air conditioner. Certain types of sensors do human presence detection and temperature detection.
For example, the D6T thermal sensor detects human presence and the RTD detects temperature.
7- Contact Customer Support:
Now that you know how to operate an AC without a remote but if somehow none of the above-stated methods work for you, it is better to consult the customer support of your brand-specific company. They will offer you a solution to turn on or off the air conditioner or may provide you with a replacement offer for your defective remote control.
In conclusion, There are several methods to turn off an air conditioner without a remote control. Whether you use the control panel, circuit breaker, or alternative methods like a smart plug or universal remote, these solutions ensure you can stay cool and in control, even when the remote goes missing or stops working.
If you’re facing any kind of issues with your AC, call us today and our team of professionals will help you get it fixed!