Your air conditioner needs a good amount of electricity to operate – this is why it likely has its own circuit breaker in your electrical box. Problems with voltage can affect your whole system, because the system itself and various parts and components all need a specific amount of electricity in order to operate properly. Working with electricity requires training and expertise, so it is not advisable to try and repair electrical problems with your AC on your own. Instead, call the people you can trust for air conditioning repair in Mesa, AZ: John’s Refrigeration.
How Problems with Improper Voltage Can Occur
There are a few ways improper voltage can occur in your system:
- Faulty wiring – it’s not unusual for the wiring in your system to fray or corrode with use. When wires breakdown, their connection can become faulty, which can result in uneven electrical flow.
- Failing capacitors – your air conditioner runs on alternating current (AC). This kind of current comes in varying voltages, so in order to smooth out the voltages and deliver an even flow of electricity to the motors in your system, start and run capacitors are used. Start capacitors store electricity and provide the boost of energy (torque) the motors need to start; the run capacitor smooths out the electrical current and flows it to the motors at 1.5 times its normal current. If the capacitors malfunction or fail, the voltage regulation can be interrupted.
- Issues with the breaker – as we mentioned above, your air conditioner most likely has its own breaker in your electrical box to help manage the amount of electricity it draws. Sometimes the breaker can be faulty and cause the circuit to trip (turn off). A breaker can also be too small to handle the electrical load needed by your AC, which can also cause it to trip. In either case, the voltage isn’t being handled correctly, and the breaker will most likely need replacing.
As tempting as it may be, it is never a good idea to try and repair your air conditioner’s electrical problems on your own; you can put yourself and your system at risk. John’s Refrigeration is here to help with all your air conditioning repair needs in Mesa, AZ, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having electrical problems? Call us today!