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Ac Problems Im in FL 93F im hooked up to 110 /30 A and i have the AC running the entire day. The Breaker trips several times a day when the compressor kicks in. If i reset it, the entire inside of the coach is flickering and often the Breaker trips again. It a a 2009 Coachmen Prism so the AC is new, it is a 13.5 BTU Dometic Duotherm Roof Unit. The Breaker box is getting hot too.

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You must have too many things running on that circuit. Check your connection to the power box.Loose connection on the receptacle can cause the breaker to trip or too many things running on the same circuit. If the breaker is old it might need to be replaced.

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