When your air conditioning is on, it’s because you need it. Surviving the hot summer often requires cooling down your home, making life more comfortable for you and your family. However, when your air conditioner turns off, either from a blown fuse or a tripped breaker, you lose more than just your comfort.
So why is your air conditioner acting up and powering down? When your air conditioner trips a breaker, it is because the unit is pulling more amperage than the breaker is rated for. Your air conditioner is working harder than it is originally intended to. There may be underlying issues that cause this to happen.
One such issue is a dirty air filter. Your unit stresses because it needs to work harder to circulate air through the vents. Air filters clog up by dirt and debris that restrict that air flow. Changing your air filter once or twice a year will prevent tripping breakers and also improve your system’s efficiency.
Similar to a dirty air filter, if your unit is low on refrigerant, it will need to work longer and harder to cool your home. When air conditioners are on for a long time, they can overheat, which damages the unit and can cause a shutdown.
Unfortunately, the dirty air filter may be the only thing that you can fix yourself. Other problems could lie deeper in your unit and require professional help. For instance, a broken coil fan means that there is little your unit can do to release the heat generated from running. Or maybe the motor has shorted, likely caused by insulation on the wiring breaking down.
Old age can also cause problems with your air conditioning. Wires could become loose, and parts can become worn. Some parts are replaceable, but also consider upgrading your air conditioning for more than just its age problems. Newer units also run much more efficiently.
Don’t let a stubborn or faulty air conditioner make you lose your cool. For more information on why your unit is tripping a breaker, or on installing a new air conditioning system, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.