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Armstrong A/C it is not kicking on or cooling??

The unit is not working at all but looks like it has power.. when you push the contactor in it works.?? HELP

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Does the indoor fan run in on? If yes then you have 24 volts on the control system.
Do you have a float switch on the Air Handler?
If your Air Handler is in your attic the secondary pan can be full tripping the float switch.
also If red is broke on the float switch nothing runs.
If the drain line plugs up the float switch shuts the condenser off to prevent flooding.

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