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Why Does My Air Conditioning Circuit Keep Tripping?

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

No the wires are not reversed. If the circuit is tripping off then the problem needs to be…

Electrical Question from Lester about a 240 Volt Air Conditioner Circuit
Background: Lester, a Homeowner from Belleville, Michigan

Question: My air conditioner circuit breaker keeps tripping. Could the red and black wires be reversed? What is the correct orientation of the wires.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Lester. No the wires are not reversed. With a home 240 volt circuit either configuration works. If the circuit is tripping off then the problem needs to be identified.  Have a Air Conditioning Service Technician come out and check the unit. The compressor unit should be checked. The AC technician will connect their gauges and check refrigerant levels and use a clamp on amp meter to check the amperage load of the unit.

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