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Compressor temp overload trips and eventually trips circut breaker

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Could be several issues causing this problem. Let's start with some basic observations.

Is the condenser fan running?

Is the condenser coil dirty? (Not only the outside but all the way through the coil. Check by looking for light coming through coil. You can even try shining a flashlight through the coil to see if it is clean.)

If the fan is running and the coil is not plugged up or covered with dirt, or other obstructions (air is freely able to move through the coil), then it could be an issue with the system being over charged.

Another possibility (but not highly likely) is there may be non-condensables in the refrigerant system. Usually these will only be present if the system was recently serviced or charged and air and moisture was allowed to enter the refrigerant system (piping).

More information is required to try and diagnose this further.

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At times it starts and runs fine.Then at times it starts and stops because the circut breaker in my house has been tripped.


Check the amp rating on the circuit breaker. It's probably 15 amps. Find another line with a 20 amp breaker, and see if it still trips.

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Circut breakers trip due to a short circut or an overload. In this case the likely cause is an overload. If your compressor is drawing more amperage than the breaker is designed to allow, the breaker trips for safety. Possible solutions. Try using a different outlet with fewer appliances or tools on that circut. If the outlet you are using is on a circut that also has lighting, appliances etc, each item is drawing amps, the addition of the compressor to the circut is pushing the amp limit over the top. You can also try a heavier duty extension cord. If you are using an extension that is rated too low for the required amperage your breaker will trip. If you are not using an extiension cord you may need to talk to an electrician about adding another circut to service your tool and garage needs.
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'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.

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