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Why Did the AC Trip a Circuit Breaker?

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Are you having an issue with your air conditioner lately where it keeps tripping the circuit breaker at the main panel? So you often have to flip it back, only to have it trip again after some time. If this sounds familiar, chances are that your AC is developing issues that require professional AC repair in West Chester, PA.

In this blog, we will go over the main reasons why air conditioners develop this problem and how to fix them.

Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter will cause the air conditioner to work harder to cool the air in your home. When the air conditioning system is forced to run for longer periods of time, it draws more power from the electrical system. This can overwhelm the circuit and cause the breaker to trip.

The ideal solution is to replace the air filter with a new one. We recommend changing the filter every one to three months to avoid this problem in the future.

Refrigerant Leakage

Your AC uses the refrigerant to cool the air inside your home. The refrigerant can escape due to corrosion creating leaks along the coils or refrigerant lines. 

When your air conditioner gets low on refrigerant, the AC has to work harder to cool your home. As the issue worsens and the system strains even harder it can lead to overheating and may cause the AC to trip the circuit breaker.

Dirty Condenser Coils

The condenser coils are inside your central air conditioner’s main unit, which is located outside your home. Their function is to release the heat carried from inside the house to the outdoors.

If the condenser coils become dirty, they will not release heat as effectively as they should. This will cause the AC to stay on for longer, which can cause the breaker to trip.

Compressor Issues

The compressor is the heart of your AC that causes the system to pump out cool air. As it gets older, it will start consuming more power to start up every time the cold cycle begins.

This is generally called “hard starting.” The compressor will draw more electricity to get going, which may cause the breaker to trip.

Faulty Capacitor

The capacitor is a small electric unit attached to the compressor that provides the necessary voltage to start it. Sometimes, the issue is not with the compressor but the capacitor. 

A worn-out capacitor draws uneven electricity from the power supply, causing the breaker to trip. If you do not get it fixed on time, it may cause problems with the compressor, which is quite expensive to repair or replace. 

A capacitor is much cheaper to replace in comparison, so make sure to get it fixed quickly.

Regardless of what’s causing your AC to trip its circuit, a reliable HVAC service can perform a thorough AC repair for you. So get in touch with one of our professionals today!

Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been the Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976. Call us today when you have any AC repair needs. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

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