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The Role Your AC Plays in Your Tripping Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker is your electrical system’s safety device that prevents overload on a particular electrical circuit. There are many reasons that a circuit breaker might turn off, or “trip.” Your air conditioner, which requires enough energy for its own circuit breaker, can sometimes trip after an extreme amount of use.

However, if your AC breaker trips too often, gives any resistance when you switch it to the “on” position, or if it immediately trips a second time after switching it on, leave it off and give the experts at Roznovak’s a call so you can get your system quickly repaired and continue to enjoy your air conditioning unit.

Air Conditioning and Your Circuit Breaker

When your circuit breakers trips, there is a good reason for it. Never force a breaker to go on if you do have resistance as we mentioned above. Additionally, if the breaker is very hot to the touch, you should leave it alone. This is indicative of an overloaded breaker, and switching it back to “on” will re-trigger the overload.

But what actually causes your AC breaker to trip? Below are some common reasons:

  • A faulty, loose breaker
  • Loose electrical connections
  • An undersized breaker
  • Faulty or loose wiring
  • An issue with the compressor

Your AC may also be working too hard, causing it to trip, due to these reasons:

  • A dirty/clogged air filter
  • Your evaporator coil is frozen over
  • You’ve had a loss of refrigerant

Except for changing the air filter—this is a task you can handle on your own—the above-mentioned issues can and should be managed by a professional. Electrical boxes, as well as your air conditioning system itself, carry high levels of voltage that can be very dangerous. Additionally, compressors and refrigerant both require a high skill level to manage.

For quality air conditioning repairs in Round Rock, TX, contact Roznovak’s Services today. 

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