Why is Your Air Conditioner Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Imagine how nice it would be if our home appliances could alert the owner of any upcoming issue. Unfortunately, that is not possible and you only have to keep your eyes and ears open for signs and symptoms of a malfunctioning appliance. When it comes to your air conditioning unit, tripping a circuit breaker often is a serious symptom. While sometimes the issue may be the circuit breaker itself, more often than not it is your air conditioner that is causing the problem. Here are the reasons why the AC keeps tripping the circuit breaker.

Clogged Filters and Coils

Your air conditioner as well as the water heater usually use a separate circuit breaker from other points in the house such as bulbs and sockets because they use a lot of power. However, the AC can require even more power if it is overworking which could be caused by a clogged filter or outdoor coil. The air filters are meant to keep dirt and debris from entering the system while the outdoor coil allows heat to be released so you can have cool air in the house. If they are clogged, heat will continue to build-up in the system causing the AC to overwork and use a lot of power and that will trip the circuit breaker.

Low Refrigerant

The refrigerant or as some people call it, gas plays a huge role in ensuring heat is exchanged from one location to another so you can have cool air in your home. If the level of refrigerant goes down due to a leak, it's cooling ability decline as well and that can lead to further damage in the compressor after the coils start to freeze and the system is forced to overwork. Before the compressor gets damaged, there will be significant signs such as regular tripping of the circuit breaker, ice on the coils and hissing sounds. Call an electrician to carry out air conditioning repair before it's too late.

Fan Motor Issues

One of the ways you can tell that it is the motor causing the issue is by listening to the system. If the motor is making a loud noise, not cooling air or shuts off in the middle of operation, there is an electrical issue going on. The circuit breaker will trip to protect the system from malfunctioning or causing an electrical fire.

Regular air conditioning maintenance is very important so that problems like clogged filter, coils and leaking refrigerant can be seen and corrected. It is the only way to protect your AC and keep it working for long.

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