Why your air conditioner keeps tripping your circuit breaker

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If your circuit breaker keeps tripping when you run your air conditioner, it may mean that you have a serious problem with your unit or the wiring in your home. Either is a cause for concern. Dent specializes in AC repair and Jackson heating and air conditioning services. If you need our professional expertise, call us now.

If your circuit breaker for your air conditioner keeps tripping, call Dent for 24/7 Jackson heating and air conditioning services.

Reasons to call an AC professional

There are many potential hazards involved in air conditioner maintenance. Not only is there the risk of electric shock, but air conditioners also use refrigerant, a toxic chemical that can cause poisoning when removed from its housing line. For this reason, AC maintenance should only be attempted by a trained professional.

However, if you're experiencing an issue in which the AC breaker keeps tripping, there is one task you can perform yourself to see if that corrects the problem. You can check the air filter to see if it is dirty, and if it is, you can replace it. Reset the circuit breaker thereafter to see if that corrects the problem.

Problems that may affect the outdoor AC unit

If the breaker trips again after changing the air filter, don't reset it again. Instead, call Dent—a Jackson heating and air conditioning company—because something is probably wrong with your outdoor unit, causing it to overheat and trip the circuit breaker. The following are potential problem areas:

1. Refrigerant

The refrigerant contained in the outdoor unit may be low due to a leak. If this is the case, your AC may have to use more power to compensate, which could be tripping your circuit breaker. A professional can fix any leaks and replace the refrigerant.

2. Compressor

Issues with the compressor can be the most serious AC problems, sometimes necessitating replacement of the compressor or the entire outdoor unit.

The worst-case scenario is a grounded compressor, which is a burnout caused by a break in the electrical winding inside the compressor that hits the side. The resulting short circuit causes a surge that trips the circuit breaker and ignites the oil inside the compressor.

3. Condenser coils

The condenser coils can pick up dirt, leaves, and other debris while sitting outside, which can make them less efficient at dissipating the heat and cooling your home. Having the coils cleaned may help them operate efficiently again without tripping the circuit breaker.

Steps To Take

Don't keep resetting the circuit breaker; that puts strain on the electrical system and could start a fire. Instead, contact Dent Air Conditioning right away to have our experienced techs assess the problem. We offer 24/7 service here in Jackson, MS.

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