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 disturb your home comfort is on Connolly Electric & Mechanical’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. Connolly Electric & Mechanical can help you determine 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. No matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you need to call in a professional.

Overworked Heat Pump
Heat pumps become overworked for several 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, Connolly Electric & Mechanical 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 immediately when you turn it on. If you think you have a short circuit in your heat pump, call Connolly Electric & Mechanical 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. No matter how they got that way, loose wires can cause your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Connolly Electric & Mechanical expert 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 could trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become obstructed 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 tries to pull in too much current to start itself up.

If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Connolly Electric & Mechanical a call at 928-244-8840 right away. We want to keep your Cottonwood home and family safe and comfortable.