Question about Heating & Cooling
Since the AC is not tripping the breaker off - I'm assuming that the compressor is stopping (the fan continues to run correct).
Sounds like it may be stopping because the internal overload (safety) has opened. If this is the case you can prove/disprove it by feeling of the compressor.
If it is kicking off on the overload it (compressor) will be 'hot to the touch.' - and will not come back on until the it (the compressor) has cooled down.
The reason for this is usually because the compressor is breaking down 'electrically,' and there is not much you can do besides replacing the compressor or the entire AC.
However, there is a chance that it's something minor like a capacitor (run or start) that is bad or the refrigerant charge is not correct.
A bad capactior will usually show a 'bulge' (but not always) - in which case if you were mechanically inclined you could (after making sure all voltage is off) remove the bad capictor (be sure you mark the wires) and take it to a Air Conditioning Supply House and buy a new one and re-install it.
As for the refrigerant charge being incorrect - you will need a Service Tech to check this out.
Posted on May 14, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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