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AC puts generator into overload mode

Have operated succesfully for the past eight years a dometic CAL136 AC powered by a Honda EU20i generator, and recently the generator will go into overload mode. I have been advised to change thermostat which i have done and the problem still exists. What can i do to fix it?

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Ac conpressor load has increased, or the air handler, i would check the blower motor first.

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