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3 Reasons Your AC is Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

3 Reasons Your AC is Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Your air conditioning system is an essential component of your home, especially if you deal with those sweltering hot summer temps like we get here in Texas. If you’re familiar with the summer heat then you know that your air conditioning is a must have for your home.

However, there are many people who face the same issue with their air conditioning unit—turning off when it trips the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker trips to protect your home from over-currents and potentially hazardous electrical situations in the home. However, it can still be frustrating when running your AC means the entire home goes dark and your unit shuts down.

If this is happening to you while you run your air conditioning unit, there are numerous reasons as to why this may be happening. Here are three of the most common ones:

  1. You Have Dirty Air Filters

This is perhaps one of the most common reasons for problems with an air conditioning unit, including problems that cause the circuit to overheat. If your AC is running on dirty filters, it means it has to work harder to circulate air through the vents in the system and get through that extra build up of dust and grime. The harder the AC unit has to work, the more electricity it needs, which is why it often breaks the circuit.

The good news is—all you need to do is swap out the filter for a new one!

  • Dirty Condenser Coils

Another problems that can be fixed with regular cleaning. The condenser coils are the coils on the outside unit of your air conditioning. They are responsible for removing the heat from the air they pull from the outdoors. When these coils are covered in dirt and dander, it means your unit needs a lot more energy to break through and to keep them working properly, so they can cool the air in your home.

All this extra electrical load can trip the breaker very easily. The good news is they can be professionally cleaned by an HVAC technician.

  • Too Little Refrigerant

This is another common, but easy fix and is similar to issues with dirty air filters. When you don’t have enough refrigerant in your AC unit, it is forced to work harder to keep your home cool, and to pull more energy into the system. The good news is, a technician can easily refill your refrigerant and check (and fix) any leaks.

The good thing about these three problems is that they can be caught with a regular maintenance check up from an HVAC professional.

If you have questions about your AC unit and why it may be tripping your circuit breaker, call the experts here at Texas Pride Heating and Air to schedule and appointment today. We can help you find a solution for your problem so that your system can get back to working in the way that it is supposed to be.