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AC trips after every 15 minutes

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AC trips after every 15 minutes

My AC trips (1000 BUT-LG Brand) after every 15 minutes. I plugged AC breaker with extension wire and automatically AC turnoff after every 15 minutes then I turn ON from Extension wire's button not from AC's Turn ON button because I can only turn ON the AC from Extension wire's button. What could be cause? Is it overheating? Should I buy anything to avoid this trip problem? Please advise. Thanks
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shakilhyd wrote: My AC trips (1000 BUT-LG Brand) after every 15 minutes. I plugged AC breaker with extension wire and automatically AC turnoff after every 15 minutes then I turn ON from Extension wire's button not from AC's Turn ON button because I can only turn ON the AC from Extension wire's button. What could be cause? Is it overheating? Should I buy anything to avoid this trip problem? Please advise. Thanks
Try asking in the Home & Garden forum
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shakilhyd wrote: My AC trips (1000 BUT-LG Brand) after every 15 minutes. I plugged AC breaker with extension wire and automatically AC turnoff after every 15 minutes then I turn ON from Extension wire's button not from AC's Turn ON button because I can only turn ON the AC from Extension wire's button. What could be cause? Is it overheating? Should I buy anything to avoid this trip problem? Please advise. Thanks
It sounds like it's not your AC that trips but your "AC breaker". What is this "AC breaker"? Remove it and see how your AC works without it. If you need an extension cord make sure it's a good one and rated for maximum 15-18 A.
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alpovs wrote: It sounds like it's not your AC that trips but your "AC breaker". What is this "AC breaker"? Remove it and see how your AC works without it. If you need an extension cord make sure it's a good one and rated for maximum 15-18 A.
"AC breaker" means AC Power Plug. Should i change the extension cord for maximum 15-18 A?
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shakilhyd wrote: My AC trips (1000 BUT-LG Brand) after every 15 minutes. I plugged AC breaker with extension wire and automatically AC turnoff after every 15 minutes then I turn ON from Extension wire's button not from AC's Turn ON button because I can only turn ON the AC from Extension wire's button. What could be cause? Is it overheating? Should I buy anything to avoid this trip problem? Please advise. Thanks
I'm guessing what is being asked here... that's not very clear.

If you have a wall AC unit on an extension cord, you probably aren't feeding the proper voltage the AC needs. If this is your only way to setup the AC (no outlet close enough) with an extension cord, you better buy the industrial rated cord so the AC gets the proper voltage.

Have you cleaned the filter and the condenser? Is it draining properly?

My best guess from that unclear question.
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Gibsons wrote: I'm guessing what is being asked here... that's not very clear.

If you have a wall AC unit on an extension cord, you probably aren't feeding the proper voltage the AC needs. If this is your only way to setup the AC (no outlet close enough) with an extension cord, you better buy the industrial rated cord so the AC gets the proper voltage.

Have you cleaned the filter and the condenser? Is it draining properly?

My best guess from that unclear question.
What do you mean proper voltage? Eitherbits 110v or 240v? I think you mean amperage.
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Gibsons wrote: I'm guessing what is being asked here... that's not very clear.

If you have a wall AC unit on an extension cord, you probably aren't feeding the proper voltage the AC needs. If this is your only way to setup the AC (no outlet close enough) with an extension cord, you better buy the industrial rated cord so the AC gets the proper voltage.

Have you cleaned the filter and the condenser? Is it draining properly?

My best guess from that unclear question.
Which is industrial rated cord so the AC gets the proper voltage? How much emp? Can you send me the link from home depot/lowes website to buy online?
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cristianosham wrote: What do you mean proper voltage? Eitherbits 110v or 240v? I think you mean amperage.
If an extension cord has high resistance when it's rated for lower amperage and made of thin wires there will be a voltage drop at the end of it.
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shakilhyd wrote: Which is industrial rated cord so the AC gets the proper voltage? How much emp? Can you send me the link from home depot/lowes website to buy online?
This is an example of a good extension cord for your purpose: https://www.amazon.ca/Perfpower-Go-Green-Appliance-12-Feet/dp/B00NY3R5SA

Keep the length to a minimum and don't plug anything else into the same outlet. Compressor needs a lot of current when it starts up, uses less when it's running.
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What is the setup?

(AC) - (Extension) - (Outlet)?

The entire circuit that Outlet is on must have little, if any load. For this to be safe the Extension must support the AC load, and the circuit must be below 15A.
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Get an extension cord that's 16 gauge or better, (14 is thicker, 12 is thicker yet,overkill)

Shortest length possible is preferred.

Sounds like you have a power/surge bar and it trips when AC is plugged in.
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M1K3Z0R wrote: Get an extension cord that's 16 gauge or better, (14 is thicker, 12 is thicker yet,overkill)
14 gauge is the absolute minimum for an air conditioner as it is the smallest gauge capable of carrying 15 amps and is most likely the same gauge as the wiring inside the walls.

16 gauge will be a fire hazard.
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shakilhyd wrote: "AC breaker" means AC Power Plug. Should i change the extension cord for maximum 15-18 A?
make sure its at least a 14 gauge cord. make sure u run it on an outlet that has nothing else on the circuit.
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Is this on an AFCI breaker? My new LG inverter AC was doing that.

It's called nuisance tripping

Is the extension cord getting hot?
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I believe the proper direction was provided here. Cheap extension cords/power bar will have a voltage drop which will increase the current which could be the cause of the tripping. To trip the power bar's switch you either have to be running higher than the rating or is heated enough to trip it.

If you have a garden extension cord, try that. They should be thick enough
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OP still hasn't explained what his setup is. Also is this AC a window or portable unit? When he says he starts the AC with the "extension wire button", is he saying he's starting the AC by resetting the button on the ACs plug. If that is the case, the problem is not with the size of the cord but rather that there may be a short in the cord or in the AC. He should check that the cord is not damaged. If it is a window AC, he should make sure the unit has been installed with an adequate slope to provide proper drainage of the condensate.
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I think the OP has figured it out.

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