Help with CH240 breaker
My central A/C unit is on a CH240 breaker--it controls the compressor/ thing that sits outside of the house with the fan motor.
Sometimes like during a storm and the lights blink off, the breaker will trip off--the fan keeps running on the A/C inside but the compressor is not on...then I have to trip the breaker back on.
The other day, I came in and it was hot inside, so I figured the breaker must have tripped..I looked at it and it was still ON, so I called the repairman.
He came out and took about 2 minutes and said all was fine--the breaker had tripped...he charged me $150.00.
I told him the breaker was showing to be ON and not tripped...he told me that you have to sometimes flip them OFF & ON several times.
Is this true?
Keep in mind that here in TX now we are having extremely HOT temps and the A/C unit can't keep up with the heat.
Anyway, this breaker feels very warm to the touch...sometimes the A/C seems like it is not working in midday so I go up and feel of the breaker--it is warm and I trip it OFF manually, then when I trip it back ON, it kicks OFF immediately...so I wait a few minutes and turn it back on and all is fine...the compressor seems to kick in then.
This breaker is at least 15 years old--do I need to change it out?
Is it true you sometimes have breakers that are tripped yet do NOT appear to be in OFF position and you have to flip them a few times?