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Why does my breaker trip for the outside condenser, the unit is less then two yrs old?

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Either there is a short or its pulling too much of a load on the circuit,The load should be tested by an electrician

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I have a raka-037jaz air cond. I was wondering what size is this unit? And if my breaker keeps tripping for the outside condenser does that mean my compressor is workIng too hard and needs to be replaced?...


Hello You have a 3 ton unit with a 10 SEER rating.this unit should NEVER be on a 50 amp breaker.The breaker size is on the model plate/sticker....any way the compressor is shot and it is time to find a new 3 ton condensing unit.espescially if it is TRIPPING a 50 amp.Good luck

Jun 17, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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34000 btu, outside condenser unit keeps tripping breaker. Unit was manufactured 02-20-2005


Hi, It is tripping the breaker because the compressor is locked up and will not start..
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Aug 11, 2010 | Haier Heating & Cooling

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Everytime my central air unit kicks on my circuit breaker trips. It didn't do this last year or even earlier this year


A circuit breaker 'tripping' everytime the AC unit kicks on 'most always' indicates a direct short (somewhere in the condensing unit), although it is possible that the breaker itself is bad - (but not likely).

Usually the cause of this 'short' will be - either the condenser motor in the condensing unit (outside unit) or the compressor - also in the condensing unit.

If you're mechanically inclined - and "very careful" around electricity - there is a fairly simple way to find out which component is causing the short.

Step 1 - Make sure the condensing unit (outside unit) is completely disconnected (electrically) , i.e. pull the fuses/turn off circuit breaker on outside unit and turn off thermostat.

Step 2 - disconnect the condenser motor (this is the outside fan motor). Note: when you disconnect the wires of the condenser motor "be sure" you mark/write their location, and wrap them in electric tape.

Step 3 - start the AC unit. If the breaker trips again you can pretty much rest assured it's the compressor that is shorted.

To prove it (without a doubt) - go to next step.

Step 4 - "be sure circuit breaker and thermostat is turned off" - and - 'reconnect' the condenser motor - and - then disconnect the compressor wires (mark wires and tape them).

Step 5 - Start AC.

If breaker doesn't trip - you know it's the compressor that is shorted.

If breaker 'does' trip again - then it's possible the breaker itself is bad (not likely) or there is a 'short' in the condensing unit's "wiring" somewhere (not likely).

My guess is that either the condenser motor or compressor is shorted.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!

Jun 10, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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Air Conditioner trips the 110v breaker, only when the outside temp is above 90 degrees. Unit has been checked several time and the circuit board has been replaced, but has fixed the problem of tripping the...


'Breakers' - are tripped because they are exceeding their amp limits.

The 'hotter' it gets outside - the 'harder' your AC has to work - and under normal circumstances this is not a problem - but when you have a fan motor or a compressor that is starting to 'break-down' (electrically) - often the AC's amp draw will exceed the limits of the breaker - thus 'tripping' the breaker.

I would suspect either the fan motor or the compressor is causing your breaker problem.

Eventually - the component (either the fan mtr or compressor) that is 'going bad' will go out completely and your breaker will 'trip' and not stay on when you try to reset it.

At this point you will need a Service Tech to determine which one is bad.

There is a possibility that your condenser coil (the one that blows hot air) is 'dirty' which will also cause a problem similar to the one you have - but it is less likely.

Also - if you've had the AC 're-charged' lately - it's possible you are in a 'over-charged' condition - but again, this is not very likely.

hope this helps.

Jun 06, 2010 | Dometic Rooftop RV Air Conditioner

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Air conditioner trips breaker


The circuit breaker could be tripping because its old and getting too warm; it could trip because of a short circuit or an overcurrent condition. You need an ammeter so that you can check the current draw on the line.

The ammeter will also assist you to find which component is drawing too much current, or if the problem is a short circuit.

Jul 23, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Hello my Goodman WMC24A Split Unit is not working. I had it for 6 yrs with no problems. I turn it on and the fan kicks on but the Condenser unit does not. Does this unit need to be recharged with R22? If...


A few tings to check first. See if there is a float switch located at your inside unit. It may be tripped if so you have a stopped up drain. You can clear this yourself by useing a wet vac out side and **** the restriction from the outside. Check your breaker to the outside unit. May be tripped. Goodman does not have alow pressure control so even if it is low on gas it will run. Try these ywo items and last call a service tech but get free estimate before you commit. RUSS

Jul 16, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Fan works, but if A/C turned on, trips breaker within a few minut


You need to verify if the problem is the unit or the breaker.  To do this, you will need to measure the current it is pulling from the power source.
If the unit is pulling too much current, then the unit is the problem.  If the unit is pulling as much or less than its rated current draw, then the circuit breaker is worn out.
The units WILL pull more power when hot outside.  It should not trip a breaker unless something is wrong with either the unit or the breaker.
A current draw test will tell you for sure.
If it's not the breaker, then it's probably low refigerant causing the issue.

Jul 08, 2009 | Dometic Rooftop RV Air Conditioner

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AC breaker trips after 10 minutes


Whats the amp breaker? Is this for the inside unit or the outside condenser? If the inside and gas heat you have a bad fan motor, If its an electric furnace , the same, but if its the outside unit, the fan could be going bad, locking up and the compressor still runs and pulls high ampsand tripps breaker or the compressor is just pulling too many amps due to plugged coils with dirt , grass or weeds blocking airflow.(koolbreezes74401@yahoo.com)

Jun 08, 2008 | Goodman CLQ36AR49 Air Conditioner

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My ac circuit breaker keep tripping


If your outside condenser has a locked rotor or short circuit, than the unit WILL trip the breaker - as it should. On the other hand if a breaker is tripped a few times it will have less of a capacity that the rating, (this is designed in it). You will need to determine if the unit is locked (and broken) or the breaker has become too sensitive.

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Ben, you are on the right track. To upgrade the breaker, first look at the main house breaker panel and determine if allowing more current through main breaker will be taxing it too highly (will 20 more amps exceed my main breaker limit...what is the main breaker current trip at?) Then look at the wire size leading away from the 40 amp breaker to outside. If it is 6 gage copper or 4 gage copper-clad aluminum wire, you are ok to upgrade. Any smaller wire size could be unhealthy.

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