Ideally, any air conditioning units in your home should be serviced at least once a year. Servicing your air-conds has several benefits. It keeps the air cleaner, saves electricity and extends the lifespan of the unit. If you put off servicing your air cond for a long time, it could cause several problems.
One of these problems could be that your airconds are tripping the circuit breaker in your home. This happens if your airconditioning unit is using more power than the circuit breaker allows. If the unit is pulling more amps and using more power than usual, then the circuit breaker will trip.
If your circuit breaker keeps tripping and you can identify that your unit is the cause, these could be some of the reasons why:
1. A Dirty Air Filter
Drawing air in and blowing it out through air filters that are caked with dust will definitely push your aircond to use more power, and in particular the blower. Blowers have to work harder in order for it to push the air through blocked filters and this may cause increase in the power demand, thereby tripping your circuit breaker.
2. A Clogged Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is the part of your air cond that is located in the outside unit and it functions to dispel the accumulated heat and cool the air down. The coil cannot perform its job properly if it’s dirty and clogged with dust, and will, therefore, require more energy to do its job. As mentioned earlier, if too much electrical current is needed to disperse the heat, the breaker will trip.
3. Trouble with the Motors
All the circulation of the air in your air-conditioning is powered by a fan motor and if the fan blades are too dusty or the motor itself has some circuitry that is too old and has caused the motor to short circuit. Either one of these issues can cause a surge in energy demand that will cause the supply to trip.
4. Not Enough Coolant
When there isn’t enough refrigerant in the cooling coils, you’ll find that the aircond will start using more energy. If the level of cooling refrigerant is not topped up, the unit will start using more and more electrical current to actually keep the air the cool. This problem is easily remedied by professional aircond specialists who can top it up during the service.
5. Electrical Wiring Issues
This is especially true for air cond units that are slightly older. There may be loosed wiring, old components or parts that have short-circuited due to internal circuitry issues. Regular servicing can allow technicians to detect these problems early and repair them for you.
An aircond unit that keeps causing a power trip is dangerous as it can lead to various other electrical issues at home and even cause a fire. Arrange to have your air conditioning units serviced today by requesting aircond specialists on our Kaodim page.
written by Michelle Chee