Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker? 01/19/2018It’s not a good thing when one your appliances is tripping your circuit breaker, but having your heat pump cause difficulties that impact your home comfort is on B&D Air Conditioning’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. B&D Air Conditioning 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. No matter 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 a number of reasons, but they’re typically preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often responsible—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, B&D Air Conditioning 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 suspect you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact B&D Air Conditioning 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 force your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your B&D Air Conditioning expert 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 obstructed or malfunction and could cause your circuit breaker to trip. Compressor Malfunctions If your compressor is older or starts to malfunction, it could trip your circuit breaker. This happens when the compressor goes to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give B&D Air Conditioning a call at 928-432-6018 immediately. It’s important that you keep your Safford home and family safe and comfortable. You can also arrange a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.