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 complications that impact your home comfort is on Air Max HVAC Inc’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. Air Max HVAC Inc can help you determine 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 need to call in a qualified technician. Overworked Heat Pump Heat pumps become overworked for a number of reasons, but they’re usually preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often responsible—and those problems can be easily identified and resolved during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Air Max HVAC Inc 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 promptly when you turn it on. If you suspect you have a short circuit in your heat pump, reach out to Air Max HVAC Inc right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very hazardous, 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 Air Max HVAC Inc technician 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 blocked or malfunction and might 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 happens when the compressor goes to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Air Max HVAC Inc a call at 805-217-8662 immediately. You want to keep your Thousand Oaks home and family safe and comfortable. You can also book a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.