12 Mar Denver Plumbing and HVAC: What’s Causing Your AC Breaker to Trip?
It sure got unusually warm all across Denver last March 16. According to CBS Local, temperatures at the Denver International Airport that day reached as high as 81°F, breaking the previous 75°F record set in 2012. It was also the earliest 81°F temperature recorded in the city ever since people started taking climate records back in 1872.
Downtown Denver was even hotter, with the area near City Park hit a whopping 83°F, making residents feel like it was early summer instead of late winter.
Tripping AC Breaker
The unexpected rise in temperature probably prompted you to start using your air conditioning unit early. Unfortunately, after a few minutes of AC use, you observe something unusual happening—your AC breaker keeps tripping (turning off). Why is this so?
More often than not, the reason behind a breaker tripping is that you have an electrical HVAC issue, which needs to be addressed by a Denver plumbing and HVAC professional. Some of these issues include refrigerant loss, an occasional power outage, or faulty wiring somewhere in the circuit. While you can certainly locate and fix the problem yourself, it may be best to call in a professional to do the repair right.
Along with the fan, the compressor is one of your AC system’s most important components. An AC compressor uses up plenty of power, so it’s usually the culprit that causes your circuit to overload and your breaker to trip. Have an HVAC professional inspect your unit’s compressor to check if it has been compromised.
A central AC that keeps tripping the breaker is typically a sign of faulty wiring. In this case, your central AC’s electrical system should be inspected by an HVAC professional. Central ACs usually have a separate circuit that is specifically equipped to handle its system’s load.
If your AC system’s circuit breaker is unable to handle the power load, it will trip repeatedly until it ceases to operate. Take a look at your unit’s breaker switch and observe what position the toggle switch is in. If it’s set to the center or “off” position, this means the breaker has been tripped. An HVAC professional will most likely upgrade the breaker to effectively address this issue.
If you would like more information on breaker trips or need your HVAC and plumbing systems checked for problems, contact professional Denver plumbers with HVAC credentials like those from Total Plumbing, Inc.
(Source: Denver Records Earliest 80 Degree Temperature In 143 Year Climate Record, CBS Denver)