Common Reasons Why Your A/C Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker
One moment you’re basking in the cool comfort your A/C offers, and the next you’re breaking into a sweat wondering why your air conditioner isn’t working. If this sums up your situation, then chances are your A/C is tripping the circuit breaker.
There are plenty of reasons why this happens. The following offers three explanations that might help you get your A/C out of the hot seat.
The A/C’s Drawing More Power Than Usual
The circuit breaker is designed to trip if your A/C system happens to exceed the breaker’s rated amount of amps. In most cases, this happens when your A/C is working harder than usual to keep your home cool.
To take the load off of your cooling system, you can start by checking and changing the air filter. A dirty air filter restricts airflow and causes the blower fan and other A/C components to work harder and use more electricity in the process.
Next, you should make sure the evaporator and condenser coils are free of any debris or mold growth. Like the air filter, problems can result when the available flow of air is slow down or even entirely blocked. For other potential problem areas, such as a refrigerant leak, you should have your HVAC technician take a look instead.
It Might Not Be the A/C’s Fault at All
Wiring problems at the circuit breaker could be to blame for its malfunction. Loose electrical connections caused by improper installation or temperature-related expansion and contraction should be checked out, preferably by a qualified technician.
In many cases, it could be the circuit breaker itself that’s at fault. If you notice that the circuit breaker looks or smells burnt or feels hot to the touch, you should have a licensed electrician replace the breaker.
If your A/C is tripping the circuit breaker, contact us at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly provide a perfect balance of indoor comfort for Fort Collins residents.