An air conditioner is a big appliance that uses a lot of energy to run, and due to its power, it’s not uncommon that it may trip its breaker. If you’re not familiar, household outlets are equipped with breakers that help to prevent the overuse of electricity that can cause damage to your appliances–or worse–a fire.
If too much energy is being consumed, your breaker will trip, ceasing power to your outlet and turning off the appliance that is currently plugged or wired in. If your AC keeps tripping its circuit breaker, don’t just keep resetting it because this could cause damage to your air conditioner or even harm to your health and safety. Here are some common reasons that your AC may be tripping its breaker, and when to call the expert technicians at HAMCO for help.
Dirty Air Filter
As a homeowner, you should regularly check and change your air conditioner’s air filter. If the air filter becomes clogged with dirt, dust, hair, fur, and other household debris, it forces your air conditioner to work twice as hard to distribute air throughout your home. This overuse of electricity can cause your furnace and potentially the AC to trip its circuit breaker. Before calling for professional help, change your air filter to see if it makes a difference.
Clogged Outdoor Unit
Just like your air conditioner’s indoor unit, your air conditioner’s outdoor unit needs to be kept clean and free of clogs from debris. If your AC is tripping its circuit breaker, it could be because your outdoor unit is clogged with grass, leaves, dirt, and other natural materials. If your air conditioner continues to trip its breaker, make sure to clear the area around the outdoor unit before calling for expert repair.
The Compressor Is Making a loud noise
The outdoor condenser contains the compressor. The compressor is the engine of your AC unit, and as the compressor gets older it may start to have problems starting up. If the circuit breaker keeps tripping, you might need to have the flow of electricity between the fan and your circuit checked by a service technician
If your compressor is making a loud noise or “hard starting,” you will need to call a professional to diagnose the issue. This may lead to the entire compressor needing to be replaced, which is one of the most expensive service calls that an AC can have.
A running AC unit should switch on within a few seconds of a call for cooling – if it’s is taking longer than that this is a sign that you may have an issue with your compressor.
Loose Wiring & Aging Components
Most A/C units contain multiple sets of wires that ensure the unit keeps working. Over time, these wires may become loose and lose their connection, or a small mouse or bee’s nest may develop in this area and cause a wiring short that will not allow the unit to come on.
Regular maintenance can ensure this is caught before a larger problem occurs by cleaning the area to minimize any potential damage.
Does your AC keep tripping its circuit breaker?
Contact the HVAC experts at HAMCO for help today!
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