Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker?

January 19, 2018

Having an appliance tripping your circuit breaker is never a good thing, but having your heat pump cause complications that affect your home comfort is on Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you might need a heat pump repair. Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you determine what the exact problem is, but here are some factors we commonly see: overworked heat pumps, short circuits, wiring problems, fan obstructions and compressor malfunctions. It doesn’t matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you must call in a professional.

Overworked Heat Pump
Heat pumps become overworked for a number of reasons, but they’re generally preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often to blame—and those problems can be easily identified and remedied during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you out by performing a heat pump repair.

Short Circuits
If you have a short circuit in your heat pump, it will trip the breaker instantly when you turn it on. If you believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very unsafe, causing fires or other serious damages.

Wiring Problems
Faulty installation or loose connections can cause your heat pump to short circuit and trip your circuit breaker. Regardless of how they got that way, loose wires can trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc professional can find and tighten any loose connections and keep your heat pump operating safely.

Fan Obstructions
If the fan motor of your outdoor unit locks up, it may trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become obstructed or malfunction and might cause your circuit breaker to trip.

Compressor Malfunctions
If your compressor is older or starts to malfunction, it could trip your circuit breaker. This occurs when the compressor attempts to pull in too much current to start itself up.

If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-369-6195 right now. You want to keep your Saint Petersburg home and family safe and comfortable.