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3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Could Be Drawing Too Many Amps

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Keeping your home cool during the warm summer months requires access to a functional Trane air conditioning system. Your home's air conditioner needs to draw power from your electrical system in order to function properly.

Sometimes, an air conditioner will draw too many amps and cause the circuit it is connected to to trip continually. This can not only be annoying, it can reduce the lifespan of your cooling equipment. Here are three reasons why your air conditioner could be drawing too many amps, causing its circuit to trip.

1. The air filter is clogged.

If you notice the circuit connected to your air conditioner starts to trip more frequently than it has in the past, you should start troubleshooting this problem by checking the cleanliness of your air filter. As the air conditioner pulls in air from the outside environment to cool and send through your home, this air passes through a filter that eliminates contaminants.

When the filter becomes full, your air conditioner will have to work harder to generate enough cooled air to maintain your home's temperature. This could cause the AC unit to draw more amps than normal, resulting in a tripped circuit. Replacing a clogged air filter can help you eliminate excessive amp usage in the future.

2. The coils are dirty.

Keeping your home's air conditioning system clean is essential when it comes to proper performance. Your outdoor compressor is exposed to the elements on a continual basis, which means that the coils within this compressor can become dirty over time. Dirty coils can impeded the refrigerant and heat exchange process, reducing the efficiency of your air conditioner.

As more power is needed to complete the refrigerant and heat exchange process, your AC unit will draw more amps and could cause its circuit to trip. Having a professional clean your coils will help to restore proper function and reduce circuit tripping in the future.

3. The circuit is faulty.

Sometimes the issue cause a your air conditioner to draw more amps lies in the circuit itself. When an electrical circuit begins to malfunction, it can send erratic surges of electricity to the appliances that rely on it for their power.

These surges will alter the performance of your AC unit, causing it to draw more amps over time. Replacing a faulty circuit will help to ensure that your home's AC system functions properly.

Being able to determine why your air conditioner is drawing too many amps will allow you to address the issue and prevent tripped circuits from becoming a problem in the future.


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