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Kenmore Model 253.70151010 - Blowing fuses

I bought this unit new about 3 years ago and have never had problems with it until recently. I have it on a dedicated circuit protected by a 15 amp fuse. When the problem began, it would blow the fuse about once a week, then once per day, and now once every few minutes. I plugged it into another outlet on a different circuit and it blew the 15 amp fuse on that circuit after a couple of minutes. While it's running, it puts out cold air like it did when new. What could be causing this problem?

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The fan alone on an A/C unit draws alot less amps than a fan and compressor. I would guess that your fan and compressor draw around 15 amps when bnoth are on. The unit should be on its own breaker or fuse (whichever you have. As things get old, like fans and compressors, they wear out and will draw more amps.
I see you have 2 choices,:
1) place the A/C on its own circuit with nothing else on it. This may buy you some time until you can replace the unit.

2) Buy a new A/C as the newer units are more energy efficient, and last longer.

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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You have either a faulty thermostat, dirty condenser and evaporator or a faulty run capacitor. Need to service soon before the compressor is damaged. Sea Breeze

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u have a short some place jumping the fuse wreck the transformer controls good luck Tom

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It sounds like the thermostat wire going to the condenser is ground, It either got pulled loose and is touching the housing or as in most cases the wire got cut or was chewed by an animal. You need to turn electric off to both devices and physically inspect the thermostat wire going from the air handler to the outside unit, also inspect where they connect inside the unit. When you find the break, cut and strip each individual wire and securely wire nut each conducter red to red white to white and so on. There you go all fixed. That's when I give you the bill for $75...except this time you write that check to yourself. Good Luck

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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not sure if it is a package system or a split but this is what you do.go outside where your outdoor machine is, after it has been shut off for awhile, and you should hear 2 distinct noises.1 is the outdoor fan, you should see it spinning.the other is a comppressor hum.some compressors have noise bags on them so listen closely thru the fan noise.if you hear no hum listen for a hum about every 2 to 5 minutes.if you hear this hum every so often, chances are you compressor is seized or stuck.the only thing to do there is get a tech and try a big boost to get it going.

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