What to Do When the Air Conditioning Circuit Breaker Will Not Settle

Air Conditioner Service

Air Conditioner ServiceAn air conditioner, like any other equipment in the house, can undergo electrical failures. Some are easily identifiable while others require the diagnosis of an air conditioning service provider. How would you rate the problem of a constantly tripping circuit breaker? Would you prefer calling an expert immediately? Would you rather attempt a DIY solution first? It all depends on your confidence and complexity of your system, but generally, it is better to let professionals handle this problem.

What's it All About?

A circuit breaker is a simple electrical gadget that stops electrical flow through equipment when the current exceeds a certain rating. It is simply a safety switch for preventing equipment damage or even electrical fires.

Reset Once

Resetting the circuit breaker is okay, but you should only do it once. If it trips again, it might be time to call the experts. How do you reset? First, make sure the breaker is in the "off" position. You can move it there if it is halfway. Switch it on and watch. If it trips right after the AC turns on, better call an HVAC professional because the issue could be serious. If it stays on for some time and then trips, try other solutions.

Check for More Causes

An air conditioning circuit breaker could trip because of any of the following reasons:

• Faulty circuit breaker
• Dirty air conditioning filter
• Dirty condenser coil
• Shorted motor
• Grounded motor

Next Step

A dirty filter makes the unit to work harder so it draws more current. Replace or clean the filter and the tripping will stop, if this was the cause in the first place. To handle other problems, Conduct Air Conditioning recommends hiring an air conditioning service provider.

A tripping air conditioner circuit breaker is among the most reported HVAC electrical problems. What most people don’t know is that the issues behind it are easily identifiable and repairable. You may reset the circuit breaker, but don’t do it twice. Hire a professional for a safe and reliable solution.