Home AC Repair: Why Is My Breaker Tripping?

Man working on breaker box

Summer in Florida means the constant and hard use of your air conditioning unit. This could mean that your air conditioner might be putting too much of a load on your circuit breaker. Your breaker acts as a safety net to your home and AC system and protects your electrical power system. Your air conditioning breaker trips because it's overworking itself and is putting out more energy than it can handle. If your breaker is frequently tripping on your air conditioner, don't continue to reset it and keep letting it trip. This could harm equipment and even cause a fire. So it's important to get it checked out by a professional and potentially invest in home AC repair.

Why Do Circuit Breakers Trip?

Breakers are designed to trip whenever your air conditioner overheats. When an air conditioner overheats, it draws more amps - a measurement of electrical current - from the circuit. So the higher the amperage the circuit draws above the rating, the faster your breaker will trip. Now that you know that overheating can cause AC breaker trips, you might be wondering what is causing the overheating.

Common causes of overheating include:

  • Dirty Air Filter - Air flow is impeded by dirt on the air filter. Because there is minimal air flow, the AC runs longer to make up for the lack of cool air and to achieve the target temperature. This causes the AC to overheat.
  • Dirty Condenser Coils - The condenser coils that are located in your AC's outside unit could be covered in dust, dirt, or leaves. Because the coils are dirty, they can't properly keep away heat. Therefore, your AC has to work harder to cool your home, which could result in overheating. Air conditioning coil cleaning can fix this problem.
  • Overload - Occurs when your air conditioning system's loads do more work than they are designed to do. This usually occurs several seconds, minutes, or even hours after the AC's operation.
  • Not Enough Refrigerant - Low refrigerant levels can cause your AC to not produce enough cool air. As a result, it can overheat while trying to cool your home.

What Does This Mean For My Air Conditioning System?

If your air conditioning system is experiencing one or more of the above overheating issues, then it is time for you to consider home AC repair. Air conditioning service repair will help your AC run more smoothly and cool your home using the lowest amount of energy at the lowest possible cost. Performing a quick Google search of the keywords, AC service near me, AC repair near me, or air conditioning repair near me will help connect you with a qualified air conditioner installer, also known as an HVAC technician.

Do Circuit Breakers Trip on Other Appliances?

Yes, circuit breakers do trip on other appliances. Common kitchen appliances like ovens, coffeemakers, microwaves, and toasters have the tendency to overheat if their circuit breakers are drawing more power than the circuit can handle at the moment. The circuit breakers within these appliances are designed to protect against electrical failures and possible fires.

Can I Just Keep Resetting the Breaker?

No, don't keep resetting the breaker. You should only reset your breaker if there's been a recent power outage in your home. Other than that, you should avoid constantly resetting your AC's circuit breaker. Doing so will only cause a temporary fix as you are not getting to the root of the problem. Also, it could result in an electrical failure that can cause dangerous consequences such as a fire.

At American Air Cares, we will take care of your AC installation needs and help keep your home cool during these summer months. Contact us today for more information.