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Why Is My HVAC System Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

If you have noticed that your circuit breaker keeps tripping every time you turn your air conditioner or heater on, you should not ignore the problem. Not only does this frustrating issue prevent you from getting the heating and cooling relief you need, it’s also a safety hazard for your home and everyone it in it. Circuit breakers that frequently trip can cause serious damage to your electrical system, and even end up starting fires. Keep reading to learn why your HVAC system is tripping the circuit breaker in your house, and make sure to contact our Palm Beach County HVAC technicians at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC all of your other heating and cooling needs.

Circuit Breakers & HVAC Systems: What You Need to Know

Your home’s circuit breaker is designed to “trip,” i.e. shut off automatically, if an electrical appliance draws more power than the circuit breaker can handle. Every HVAC unit requires a certain amount of electrical power—measured in amps— to operate successfully. To that end, if your HVAC system is using 30 amps, and it’s being run through a 20-amp circuit breaker, tripping is likely to occur

The good news is that most modern HVAC systems are designed to be compatible with most modern circuit breakers. Trouble starts to occur when your heater or AC unit uses more amps that it should need to function at peak efficiency. There are a number of reasons why an HVAC system could potentially start to draw an unsafe amount of power, all of which should be dealt with right away.

A few reasons why your HVAC system may be tripping your circuit breaker include:

  • Your system is using a dirty air filter
  • Your system’s motor has shorted out
  • Your system’s compressor is malfunctioning
  • Your system was not installed property
  • Your outside AC unit is covered in dirt and debris

While you should contact an HVAC technician immediately if you notice that your circuit breaker seems to trip whenever you use your heating and cooling equipment, there is also a chance that there may be a problem with the circuit breaker itself. If this ends up being the case, you will need to hire a qualified electrician to repair or even replace your circuit breaker.

Contact Our Palm Beach County HVAC Pros Today

It is important to remember that your circuit breaker was designed as a safety measure, and if your HVAC equipment is keeping it from doing that, it’s imperative to call a professional technician to fix the problem right away. Fortunately, Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC provides multiple solutions which may make your system more energy-efficient, from air filter replacement to emergency cleaning and repairs. And if it turns out you need a new system altogether, we can happily provide expert heater and AC installation.

Call us 24/7 at (561) 270-6181, or contact us now online.