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Why Is My Air Conditioner Tripping the Breaker?

Posted on: August 25, 2016

If your home has a tripped breaker every time you turn on the AC, then you need to get to the bottom of the problem. Not only is this frustrating, but it puts your comfort on the line and could even be dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about having an air conditioner that trips the breaker every time you run it.

Of course, if you need help with an air conditioner problem in the Chicago area, give the team at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical a call today at 866-350-4793 today!

Understanding the Role of the Circuit Breaker

The circuit breaker is a safety mechanism designed to “trip” when too many amps are running through the circuit, so you do not have an electrical fire. If your circuit breaker is tripping, then it means that the air conditioning system is pulling in more amps than the breaker’s rating. If this is happening, resetting the breaker and restarting the AC is not the answer. Instead, you need to find out why it’s happening.

Common Causes for an Air Conditioner to Trip the Circuit Breaker

Your air conditioner can trip the circuit breaker for a number of reasons. Some common problems include:

  • Something impacting airflow, like a dirty air filter or dirty outside unit
  • A short in the motor
  • Problems with the circuit breaker itself
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Damaged wiring
  • Dirty condenser coils

If you inspect your air conditioner system and don’t see an obvious cause, then you need to call a professional.

Air Conditioner Repair in the Chicago Area

Electrical work is not something to leave to those who are not fully trained on how to do it. That’s where Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical can help. For your McHenry or Chicago area home, trust Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical for all of your air conditioning needs, including a tripped breaker from your AC unit. Call 866-350-4793 or fill out a form online to learn more about our extensive services.

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