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Window unit trips circuit breaker

My window unit worked great for a couple of years. I live in a rental and the manager had sent an electrician over to replace one of the switched outlets that happened to be on the same circuit as the AC. However the replaced outlet is not the same outlet into which the AC is plugged. Since that time, the AC worked fine, but would trip the circuit breaker after tunning only a very short time. The plug end of the cord looks like it became very hot prior to tripping the breaker. It was suggested to me that the compressor overload may have been tripped and that the compressor was working too hard. I didn't think that was the case as I have been of the impression that if the compressor overload was tripped that the AC would not work at all and that the overload would need replacement.

What might be wrong with the AC unit? Is it possible that it's something to do with the particular outlet into which it is plugged and not the AC unit itself? I don't understand why it started acting up right after the electrician replaced another outlet on the same circuit.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Contact between plug and outlet is loose and so there is a leakage of current. Recommend to replace the plug to fit the new outlet.If the breaker still tripping call technician to service your unit.

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If your Plug is getting hot there is a voltage drop where the heat is generated. On these wall outlet recepticals there are two different methods of connecting the wires. First they strip the end of the wire and plug it into the back of the receptical . The second method is to strip the wire and attach it to a screw terminal . This is the best method for any outlet with a motor running from it.

For an example draw a straight line and then draw a circle that comes in contact with the line. Look and see how much contact area you have where the circle touches the line.

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I agree with james...The contacts are not tight as they could be. Call them back and have them to wire it better with screws.

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