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Old 09-04-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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I had a fan replaced in my HVAC unit. The technician had a hard time and tripped the circuit at least 30 times before he could get the fan wired correctly. Now the AC works for awhile and then the breaker gets hot and trips (although the switch itself doesn't move). I can get the ac running again if I trip the circuit a few times - the circuit breaker is probably forty years old - any chance the breaker is just bad??

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Sounds bad to me, especially if you have to trip it several times.

If the breaker is 40 years old, I can't imagine that it costs much more than $10 to replace...

Give it a try.

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Where did you get this "tech" from and you did not pay him yet?
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If he tripped the breaker electrically that many times he may have well made it toast. It may or may not be easy to find a replacement for a 40 year old breaker, some brands are no longer in business. Some older brands are available on the secondary market but usually are not cheap. Post the brand and panel ID and you will get some help.
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The technician had a hard time and tripped the circuit at least 30 times before he could get the fan wired correctly.
Maybe it is still wired incorrectly or maybe even the wrong fan.
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Get a new breaker and a new "technician" One or two trips....even three when trouble shooting isn't the worst thing....but 30 times is the sign of someone in over their heads on the repair. Your lucky the smell of smoke didn't come with this "service" call.
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Maybe it is still wired incorrectly or maybe even the wrong fan.

Sounds like a handyman special.
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30 Times to reset the breaker that is conneries.,,, that is a perfect way to destory the breaker like that.

More like a handyman person have no bussiness to work on that unit.

As other mention a well trained person may trip once maybe twice even myself it did happend but kinda rare due I double check my work before I engerized the system.

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