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 difficulties that impact your home comfort is on Comfort Zone Inc’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. Comfort Zone Inc can help you identify what the exact problem is, but here are a few things 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 must call in a professional.

Overworked Heat Pump
Heat pumps become overworked for a number of reasons, but they’re typically preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often to blame—and those problems can be easily identified and fixed during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Comfort Zone 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 promptly when you turn it on. If you suspect you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact Comfort Zone 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 cause your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Comfort Zone Inc professional can find and tighten any loose connections and make sure your heat pump is 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 could cause your circuit breaker to trip.

Compressor Malfunctions
If your compressor is getting old or starts to malfunction, it could trip your circuit breaker. This takes place when the compressor tries to pull in too much current to start itself up.

If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Comfort Zone Inc a call at 239-214-0411 immediately. You want to keep your Cape Coral home and family safe and comfortable.