Circuit Breaker Kicks Out
It's an electrical problem. Now, whether the problem is INSIDE the A/C or in the wiring leading to it...**shrug**. I know a fair amount about electrical work, but I too am green as far as HVAC goes. The only thing that trips a breaker is a fault, but again, without knowing whether its leading to, or inside the unit itself, it's hard to decide who to call first. Call the sparky first and its inside, you pay a trip fee for nothing, he likely won't touch anything past the outer shell of the unit. However, if you call the HVAC guy first and it's a problem outside..well same deal..you get the idea.
EDIT: :o hit submit too early...hadn't answered anything.
Do you have any electrical skills at all? If so, or if you know someone who does, try going as far downstream (away from the breaker panel) as possible towards the unit and disconnect the power, as close as possible to it. (maybe a junction box somewhere nearby). SEPERATE ALL WIRES AND WIRE-NUT/TAPE OFF <<<VERY IMPORTANT. Go back to the panel and try the breaker again, if it still trips it's likely a problem in the wiring leading to the unit. If it doesn't it's probably inside the unit itself. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, then DON'T. As far as who to call first, I would probably try the sparky first, only because in my area, their trip fee is slightly less than HVAC, and I'd rather spend less for nothing, than more.
When all else fails, call and ask, point blank. if they won't tell you their trip fee (they know it, whether they like to say it or not) then find someone else. PS - I'm not talking about the total bill, just the trip fee, that shouldn't change, you're either in area, or you're not.
Last edited by jproffer; 05-30-2005 at 08:10 PM.