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The circuit breaker trips every time I turn the thermostat to on. The system hasn't been on in a few months, and when I turned it on today, it wasn't pushing cold air out. I saw that the circuit breaker trips for the "HVAC" in my panel as soon as I turn the unit to on. This is A Goodman Model A 36-15

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You need to start with a basic inspection in the outside unit. For the breaker to trip immediately like that indicates a dead short. With the breaker OFF look at the internal wiring between the contactor relay and the compressor. You are looking for signs that the insulation may have been chewed by a rodent, or a wire is off of a terminal and in contact where it shouldn't be. If the wiring looks good, terminals pass tug test etc. you may have a shorted capacitor. Make sure to check the wiring for the fan too. You can disconnect the com lead for the compressor and fan one at a time to isolate the defective component if needed. Work safe! turn the breaker on for the test, and off again before you put your hand or tools back in.

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    • Is it GFCI Style?
or...
  • Is the high limit switch tripping?,
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  • A circuit breaker is a breaker that toggles as a switch, and to reset it you have to switch the toggle switch ALL the way to Off position to reset, then switch it to on.
    • Same thing if it were a GFCI style, it just has a 'Test' button on the body of the breaker, that button is usually a white rectangular button.
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A High Limit Switch, acts like a breaker, as it will trip when it senses a temperature greater that it is set for as a safe temperature. Once that temp is breached, it will trip.

So... Which one is tripping for you? What are you resetting to turn it back on?
if circuit breaker, it has nothing to do with the 100 degree temp you mentioned. If that trips,= electrical problem, either a short or overheated electrical appliance (internal wires) aging motor pulling too much current, loose electrical connections generate heat, etc.
if High Limit, then possible overheat of water? Many times, failed thermostat. I already know what you're thinking... But I never saw water get Hot! But... Many times that IS just the case , it's just you never noticed the water hot, and it has been cooling down when you saw it.

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Let's do a quick check and save you money.
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If wires are tight, then move these wires to the other 240V breaker that is rated for same amps as water heater.
Now turn on main breaker.
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This will identify if circuit breaker is bad, or if water heater needs a full troubleshoot.
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Instructions to replace circuit breaker:
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