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Author Topic: Duo-Therm AC tripping breaker  (Read 1611 times)
Barn Owl
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« on: August 27, 2006, 10:37:55 PM »

I have a Duo-Therm AC unit that cools fine and the blower seems to be working ok, but after about 10-15 min. it trips a breaker. Is there anything I can do or check? I this a sign of an AC unit that is dying? Where do I start?

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006, 11:36:14 PM »

Barn Owl,

If the unit is atill cooling properly when it tripps the breaker, then I would replace the breaker first. The breakers are only good for a dozen or so

tripps before they are weakened. Then see if that still happens.  If it does, then you will have either a fan motor going bad, or the compressor

going bad. Either one is not usually worth fixing.

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2006, 05:12:49 AM »

You might check to see that the breaker is the proper size (I use 20A breakers on my A/C's) and the guage of the wire.  If the guage of the wire is  AWG12 or larger you're safe to use the 20A breaker.  If the A/C was wired with AWG #14 ga. that could be causing your problem.

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