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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating ’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you might need a heat pump repair. Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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. It doesn’t matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you have to call in a qualified technician.

Overworked Heat Pump
Heat pumps become overworked for a number of reasons, but they’re generally 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, Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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 believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, reach out to Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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 trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating professional can find and tighten any loose connections and keep your heat pump 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 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 949-525-9119 immediately. It’s important that you keep your Laguna Niguel home and family safe and comfortable.