Why is My AC Breaker Tripping?

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If your AC’s breaker seems to be tripping more often than not, you could have an electrical issue on your hands. Electrical issues are not only annoying, but they could be potentially dangerous too, so it’s imperative that you have a trained professional address the problem right away. While there are many things that could cause your AC breaker to trip, here are some of the most common causes and what you can do about them.

The Air Filter is Dirty

AC air filters are greatly undervalued—but if you aren’t frequently changing your filter, it could be causing the breaker to trip. Excess dirt and buildup on the filter can hinder the airflow and cause your AC to overheat. When it overheats, the breaker can trip.

Your AC is Overworked

Overloading the breaker is a common issue amongst homeowners. Anytime you plug an excessive amount of devices into your air conditioner’s power outlet, you are at risk of overworking the breaker. When the breaker is overworked, it will trip. Luckily, this is an easy fix—just make sure that your air conditioner is the only device that is plugged into the power outlet.

There’s Inclement Weather

When the weather gets frightful, it can cause your AC breaker to trip. Inclement weather, especially lighting, can cause your power to go out or cause it to surge. When the power surges, electronics can be damaged and cause the breaker to trip. This can usually be fixed by resetting the tripped breaker.

There is a Voltage Issue

A common issue that causes the AC breaker to trip is an issue with the voltage. When a system’s circuit breaker is too large in comparison to the voltage, there will not be an adequate power load to handle the device. As a result, the device won’t be able to operate and the breaker will trip. If you suspect there is an issue with your voltage, contact a professional to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs.

At One Hour Air Largo, your home’s comfort is our top priority. We want to ensure your AC is functioning as efficiently as possible, so if your AC is causing the breaker to trip, give us a call today. One of our experienced team members will quickly diagnose any issues your breaker may be having and will repair the problem. Click here to contact us today!