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Hey guys,
I recently installed a 50A circuit for a pool heater, it’s been a about 2 weeks since the install & now the homeowner is telling me that the 50A breaker for the outside ac condenser is tripping when both circuits are running together, but the ac won’t trip if the pool heater is off.
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Two things

First Please fill out your profile so we know more about you, not a DYI.


Second is the new breaker under the ac breaker in panel, if so heat from heater breaker may be tripping ac breaker. If so move breakers apart from each other.
Good luck
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Air conditioner's are closed minded xenophobic types. They particularly dislike pool heaters. I wish we could all just learn to get along................
 
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First Please fill out your profile so we know more about you, not a DYI.


Second is the new breaker under the ac breaker in panel, if so heat from heater breaker may be tripping ac breaker. If so move breakers apart from each other.
Good luck
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If breakers are adjacent, they're tripping on thermal not overload

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If breakers are adjacent, they're tripping on thermal not overload

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An overload results in a thermal activation.

Molded case circuit breakers trip for two reasons thermal, due to an overload and magnetic (instantaneous trip) due to a fault or any high inrush current that exceeds the rating of the Cb typically 6-10 times the CB rating.
 

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An overload results in a thermal activation.

Molded case circuit breakers trip for two reasons thermal, due to an overload and magnetic (instantaneous trip) due to a fault or any high inrush current that exceeds the rating of the Cb typically 6-10 times the CB rating.
Is it possible for 2 loads in close proximity to each other on the bus to cause heating to the point that it trips a breaker without either being overloaded?

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If the panel has a problem supporting a 50 amp water heater and the start up amps required by the AC compressor then it will cause a low voltage situation. The heater doesn't care about voltage but the AC will struggle to start leading to higher amps which equals lower voltage which equals higher amps (up until the breaker trips).

Thats why i asked if theres a voltage drop when the ac starts. A hard start capacitor may be required.
 

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correct...begging the question what's an outside wireman?
Isn't an AC and pool heater outside?:vs_laugh:
I think there was a military MOS for outside wireman. Not really something we use in the civilian world. Most people would call them a lineman. I call them pole monkeys.
 

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I'd love to give you some, but I'd like to know what visual observations and meter measurements you've made so far to calibrate the advice a little more specifically for you.
 

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What type of breaker is it, that is tripping ?
Is it just a standard over currant cut out ?
Or is it something more like a GFCI or AFCI ?
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I think there was a military MOS for outside wireman. Not really something we use in the civilian world. Most people would call them a lineman. I call them pole monkeys.
In the military it isn't linemen that run large gensets to provide power to various temporary facility loctions.
 

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Hey guys,
I recently installed a 50A circuit for a pool heater, it’s been a about 2 weeks since the install & now the homeowner is telling me that the 50A breaker for the outside ac condenser is tripping when both circuits are running together, but the ac won’t trip if the pool heater is off.
Advice?
Here the thing .,,

If you have outdoor panel if you have them facing south then the sun can get the tempture inside of the outside panel more hotter so it will trip more earlier.

espcally if you have both are running at the same time.

Ya can check the current drawage with ampclamp but with the AC unit running you should be above the min. running amps if stated on nameplate.

and check the voltage drop when the heater is on too.
 
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