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What Does it Mean When Your Air Conditioner is Overheating?

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“Overheating” is a term that you might hear applied to many different appliances and electronics, but it can be pretty vague. Does it mean something was sitting out in the sun too long? Working too hard? Left in a sauna? While we can’t speak for every product you own, we can definitely provide you with some information on what overheating means when it’s applied to your air conditioner. Today we’re going to explain what happens when your air conditioner is overheating and what can cause the problem!

 

What does it mean when your air conditioner is overheating?

 

When an air conditioner is overheating, it’s putting in much more work than it is capable of handling. This forces the system to consume a huge amount of energy, which causes one or more of its parts to heat up and eventually shut down. The most obvious sign that your air conditioner is overheating is when your system trips the circuit breaker. This happens when the flow of electricity to your air conditioner is too high and your system shuts down as a safety precaution.

 

There are many different components of your air conditioner that can overheat, including the compressor, fan motors, capacitors and more.

 

Why do air conditioners overheat?

 

 

If you have any questions about your air conditioner overheating, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis air conditioning contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Clayton, Cottleville and Creve Coeur, MO.

 

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