Why your breakers are tripping when you turn on the A/C
Whew!! It has been a blazing hot week and the temperatures are forecast to keep on rising. When the temperatures rise and people turn on the Air Conditioner to cool off, it is common to suddenly begin to experience electrical problems such as tripping breakers, dimming lights and partial power outages. In moderate climates like San Diego, many people don’t use their A/C’s on a regular basis. Air Conditioners use a LOT of electricity. They are usually one of the biggest power draws in your home. It is common to have electrical problems when using your Air Conditioner if your home is under powered or if your A/C unit is on an overloaded circuit. Sometimes the problem is a faulty breaker or a loose connection in the panel. One problem we have seen lately is loose connections inside the electrical panel! This can be dangerous. If the panel is in otherwise good condition, we can do a panel tune up. If the panel is not obsolete but not ready for replacement a panel restoration may be the solution. If your home is under-powered or the circuit is overloaded, the electrician can offer several different solutions to resolve the problem. If your A/C is causing electrical problems give us a call. Our electrician will arrive in a fully stocked truck, ready to solve the problem. He will evaluate the situation and make recommendations for the best solution. We’ll get you calm cool and collected again in no time flat.
Here are some other ideas for keeping cooler and saving on your electric bill when the temperatures soar:
- Install ceiling fans to provide a cooling breeze and distribute the cool air from your A/C
- Replace your lights with LED lights . LED lights don’t emit any heat and can help keep your room cool. They also use only a fraction of the electricity of traditional incandescent light bulbs and even compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Turn off the lights! Occupancy sensors can automatically turn your lights on and off when you leave or enter a room.
- Use timers or a programmable thermostat to only cool when you will be home or awake.
- Close the curtains to keep the sunlight out and the cool air inside.