Why Does My AC Trip the Circuit Breaker?

Posted on: March 8, 2013

Electrical breakers are a safety device designed to keep your home and appliances safe in the event of electrical overloads that could cause electrical fires. Sometimes when your circuit breakers trip, it is simply due to weather or a weak breaker, but if the breaker continues to trip after you turn it back on, leave it off.  This signals that there is a serious problem that needs to be repaired—not ignored.

Keep in mind that you are dealing with extremely high voltage, higher amperage, and potentially high temperatures. These can have serious consequences like property damage, severe injury, or even death.

If your air conditioner is tripping the breaker in your home, there could be a number of reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • Loss of refrigerant
  • Frozen evaporator coil
  • Dirty furnace filter
  • Bad compressor
  • Worn our circuit breaker

The first three issues can lead to your circuit breaker tripping because all three cause your air conditioning system to work harder to achieve the same results, causing additional load on the system that is too much for the breaker to handle. Start first by replacing your furnace filter so you are not restricting air flow over the coil. If the problem continues to occur, you should call an air conditioning repair technician. The most likely cause if this happens is a loss of refrigerant.

If you are experiencing your AC circuit breaker tripping in the San Diego, CA area, contact Action Air, Heating & Solar today. Do not simply ignore electrical problems associated with your air conditioner. It could result in costly repair work—or worse, devastating fires.

Don’t put your home or family at risk, call Action Air today!