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What If My AC Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

If your AC trips the circuit breaker, it can be a major inconvenience. Not only is your AC not working, but you also can’t use any other appliances in your home plugged into the same circuit. 

While it may seem like a significant problem, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot and fix the issue. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some common causes of tripped circuit breakers – so stay cool and read on!

Change your air filters

Your air filter is the key to your home’s health, so don’t forget about it! If you leave an old dirty filter in place for too long, it can cause all sorts of problems, including overheating and tripping.

Dirty coils

The AC unit outside your home is designed to release heat from the inside and send that warmth elsewhere. If you have dirt covering these coils, they can’t do their job properly, which may be why your unit trips.

Worn compression 

If you’re experiencing problems with your air conditioner, it’s likely because of a weak or failing compressor. When this happens, the unit struggles to try and start, which can result in tripping circuit breakers if not corrected quickly enough.

Steps to take if your AC trips

  • Turn the air conditioning system OFF at the thermostat(s).
  • Turn the AC circuit breaker switch to the ON position at your electrical panel.
  • IMPORTANT: wait 30 minutes with the air conditioner OFF.
  • After 30 minutes, set your air conditioner back to COOL.
  • If this doesn’t resolve the issue, contact your trusted AC technician. 

It’s important to have your HVAC system checked regularly to extend the lifespan of your unit. The VIP Plan from Air Rescue is designed with these needs in mind. Whether you have one unit or many units at your business, this plan will ensure that all equipment is well-maintained by our expert technicians, who know how to get the job done right!

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