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After a recent thunder storm my a/c unit tripped the breaker in the main panel-I replaced the breaker and the unit still trips the breaker immediately after turning on the a/c unit-I don't know where to go from here

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You have a high voltage short to ground.Could be as simple as a burnt wire or as major as a compressor.

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