Have you turned on your air conditioner only to have it trip the circuit breaker? Do you turn it back on only for it to happen again? First thing is first, you will want to stop flipping the breaker back on. The circuit breaker is specifically installed to prevent your appliance and your home from damage. If the circuit breaker has tripped, it means there is something wrong with your air conditioner, and that will need to be addressed.
A common reason the air conditioner will trip the circuit breaker is because it has run for too long and the unit has overheated. This was done to ultimately protect a fire. If your AC was on for a while and the day is particularly hot, your air conditioner likely overheated. This means it may have been struggling to cool your home due to a problem. These problems include:
Dirty Air Filter
A dirty air filter impedes airflow. This forces your air conditioner to work harder to circulate cool air and makes your air conditioner struggle to get its job done. As this is the easiest fix, it should always be checked first.
Dirty Condenser Coils
When was the last time your air conditioner has been inspected? If you cannot remember, then dirty condenser coils are likely the cause. Yearly AC inspections are not just to look for problems, but the technicians clean the inner workings of your air conditioner as well. If your air conditioner has overheated enough to trip the circuit breaker, then you have likely seen a huge rise in your energy bills as well.
Not Enough Refrigerant
This is the least likely cause as refrigerant in your air conditioner works in a closed-loop. If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, it is a big problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
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