Originally Posted by RB101011
Not the main breaker as in the whole house cuts off. Just the breaker in the house panel. The breaker don't trip right away when I turn on the a/c but after a while it will. I am replacing the capacitor because after doing more searching this seems to be the most common problem. Cost me $16 and will be here in a day or so. Will let you guys know how it turns out.
I can tell you right now it's not the capacitor. The compressor is trying to start and overamping while doing so thus tripping the breaker. If the cap was bad it wouldn't even attempt to start. What you might try buying is a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver a.k.a Hard Start Kit. What this is is a super boost (extra large capacitor) that ties into the normal capacitor and assists in the starting ONLY of the comrpessor. It will come with a relay that is already wired together to the super capacitor. All you need to do is plug in the hard start, one side to each side of he contactor or run and common rather and then the single yellow striped wire to the herm side of the normal compressor capacitor. The relay closes the cap off on start up and then the compressor runs on it's normal cap.
Google it: 5-2-1 Compressor Saver and then buy it online somewhere. I think it's around $43.
Granted you will need to know the tonnage of the condensing unit which would most likley be stated in numerals in the model number. Get those numbers and post them here and we'll tell you the size. Those hard start kits come one size for 1-3 ton systems and one size for 3.5-5 ton only.