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Breaker is getting tripped when I turn on the a/c unit, any idea what might cause this

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There is a short in the system or an over load, I would check the start capacitor and compressor overload switch as well as the power supply and check for tight breaker contact

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

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