Spring Valley Airconditioning

RICHLAND & LEXINGTON: 803-788-0639

LUGOFF - ELGIN: 803-438-1052

RICHLAND & LEXINGTON: 803-788-0639

LUGOFF - ELGIN: 803-438-1052

Why Does My Air Conditioner Trip the Breaker When It Turns On?

Spring Valley Air Conditioning


Residential Breaker Box

If your air conditioner keeps tripping the breaker, you are probably annoyed and looking for some help troubleshooting the problem.

Congratulations! You’re in the right place. Here’s a quick list of three of the most common causes, and how they can be fixed:

1. Dirty Air Filters

Have you ever tried to suck air through a wet washcloth? It’s tough, right? The same principle applies to dirty air filters. Your system is having a hard time sucking air through the intake, and it has to work longer and harder to get the job done. The increase in electricity intake trips the breaker, leaving you with a hot, sticky mess. Change the filter, flip the breaker, and you’re back in business.

2. Your Unit Outside Is Dirty

Usually, your AC system is composed of an inside and outside unit. When the outside one is dirty, it prevents heat from being dispersed properly, causing your unit to work overtime and draw excess current in an attempt to cool things off. This eventually trips the breaker, ruining your nicely chilled day. Call a pro to come clean things off and you’ll be back in business in no time. They have the right tools for the job and will ensure everything is cleaned properly, without damaging the unit.

3. Your Circuit Breaker Is Out of Sorts

Sometimes the issue isn’t with the AC unit at all, but rather with the breaker itself. Loose wires, poor connections, or a bad switch could be to blame. We highly recommend calling an electrician to troubleshoot this particular problem. Although a few people may be handy enough to tackle it themselves, we can’t recommend it as a DIY fix.

Whatever you do, don’t just keep flipping the breaker back on. It causes a lot of stress on both your air conditioner and your electrical system, and it can lead to some nasty side effects: power outages, fried circuit boards, and electrical fires. Yikes!

Is Your AC Still Tripping Out?

Some other issues could be to blame. Schedule your appointment with one of our troubleshooting gurus immediately.