Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker? 01/19/2018It’s never a good thing to have an appliance trip your circuit breaker, but having your heat pump cause problems that affect your home comfort is on Paso Robles Heating and Air’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, it could mean you need a heat pump repair. Paso Robles Heating and Air can help you find out 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 have to call in an expert. Overworked Heat Pump Heat pumps become overworked for several reasons, but they’re generally preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often the culprit—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, Paso Robles Heating and Air can help you out by doing 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, contact Paso Robles Heating and Air 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. It doesn’t matter how they got that way, loose wires can force your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 might trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become blocked 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 occurs when the compressor attempts to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-238-7553 right now. You want to keep your Paso Robles home and family safe and comfortable. You can also book a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.