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My air conditioner shut off...
My air conditioner shut off and I found that the 15 volt air handler outside breaker switch was tripped. I turned it on again and it switched off in about 5 seconds every time. I did it 10 times.

Could it be the breaker switch itself? It's now about 90 degrees inside my house. Can anyone help me?
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HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
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HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago

Hello

do you have a meter you can use or are you willing to un hook some wires to test. I just want to know your abilities before we start

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I don't see your answer. Are you there?
HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago
Yes I am maybe there is a problem with the site
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HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago
Can you unhook the high voltage wires to the unit to see if it still trips the breaker?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I can turn off the main power and unhook wires. Yes.
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
The outside unit or the one in my attic?
HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago
Yes turn power off then try if it pops the breaker you may have a bad breaker or a short. If it only trips the breaker when it is hooked up look for burned wires. Out side unit
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Let me run this back to you. Turn the "Main power off" and then back on again to see if it trips the breaker.
HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago
yes but disconnect the high voltage wires first. Tape them off we want to see if it will blow with nothing hooked up
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
OK, I pulled off the plastic cover to the main voltage wires and there was a bolt that I didn't see and it broke. The plastic encases the voltage wires and 2 of them came off and 2 are still bolted in. I will uhook them but I think in need a new plastic housing. Do you kbnpw if that kind of thing is sold at Lowes?
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I also did what you said and tried to turn the air handler on after the wires were disconne
cted, I just disconnected the high pwer volteage connections to the unit and the air handler main breaker switch shut off agian when I flipped it on. Would that be an indicator that it might be my breaker switch?
HVAC Technician: Richard, Technical Manager replied 8 years ago

Hello

Yes you could try to replace the breaker or you might need an electrician. it the breaker tripped with the high voltage wires off there is a short or failed breaker.

Thank you

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