Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker?

January 19, 2018

It’s not a good thing when one your appliances is tripping your circuit breaker, but having your heat pump cause difficulties 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 identify what the exact problem is, but here are some reasons we commonly see: overworked heat pumps, short circuits, wiring problems, fan obstructions and compressor malfunctions. Regardless what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you have to call in a professional.

Overworked Heat Pump
Heat pumps become overworked for many different reasons, but they’re usually 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 isn’t the issue with your heat pump trouble, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you out by executing 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 think you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very dangerous, 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. No matter 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 technician can find and tighten any loose connections and safely get your heat pump running properly.

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 blocked or malfunction and may cause your circuit breaker to trip.

Compressor Malfunctions
If your compressor is older or starts to malfunction, it could trip your circuit breaker. This takes place when the compressor goes 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 immediately. You want to keep your Saint Petersburg home and family safe and comfortable.