Tripped Breaker | Air Conditioning Repair Katy

Tripped Breaker | Air Conditioning Repair Katy

If you are having a problem with an airconditioner that trips the breaker, you have a serious, and potentiallydangerous problem. Circuit breakers help to prevent electrical fires, shock andpotential electrocution by shutting off the electricity to the affected area ofthe home when there is a short, or too much electrical current going throughthem. For example, when an external surge occurs, the circuit breaker willdetect the incoming excessive voltage and trip the breaker to shut off thecircuit. Potential causes of a tripped breaker include a faulty breaker,and a short. If your air conditioner is tripping a breaker when you push itback on, stop using it and contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for airconditioning repair in Katy.

Electrical Causes

Electrical problems inside the airconditioner can cause a circuit breaker to trip. There may be a loose wirecausing the problem, or a damaged wire in either the AC unit or the circuitbetween the electrical panel and the AC, due to the loose wire, a power surge,lightning, or rodent damage, for example.

Although it is uncommon, a trippedbreaker can be due to a bad breaker. Anything can wear out over time, anddamage may also occur to a breaker from excessive voltage such as from a powersurge or lightning.

Overloading the circuit will tripbreakers. For example, if a problem occurs in the air conditioner, it may causethe unit to pull excessive voltage, over heating the wires, and triggering thebreaker to trip. An overheated AC due to a refrigerant leak, or a componentgoing out can result in a tripped breaker. These conditions will require atechnician to inspect the system and provide air conditioning repair inKaty.

When a circuit breaker is replaced with adifferent amperage than is required, circuit breakers can trip, and a fire mayoccur if an over sized one is purchased. Only replace a breaker with thecorrect size.

Other Causes


l Check thefilter – An excessively dirty air filter obstructs the air flow through thesystem, and can cause the air conditioning to overheat. If the filter issoiled, change it and try the AC again.

l Check thecoils – The coils are essential for the performance of the system. First, checkthe outside condensing unit. If it is clogged with leaves, grass or soil, thismay be the cause of a tripped circuit breaker. Contact your HVAC technician forcoil cleaning. The interior evaporative coil requires a periodic cleaning also.Annual maintenance on the system will assist in maintaining peak performance,reduces the need for repair, and extends the unit’s lifespan.

l Lowrefrigerant can cause the system to overheat, and may be the cause of the ACblowing warm air. You will need to contact your technician for air conditioningrepair in Katy for leak repair and recharging the system.

l Over timewiring expands and contracts, and can result in loose wires. Due to the dangerfrom the high voltage in the system, contact your technician for airconditioning repair in Katy.

Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning employ NATE certified HVAC technicians providing the highest expertise inHVAC installation, maintenance, heating and air conditioning repair in Katy. You can rely on our technicians to meet or exceed the industrystandards for your required HVACservices. If your air conditioning is experiencing a tripped breakercontact us today, and remember, for your safety do not use the unit until it isrepaired. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning serve Katy, Plano and thesurrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.