Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker? 01/19/2018Having an appliance tripping your circuit breaker is never a good thing, but having your heat pump cause difficulties that impact your home comfort is on Langford Cooling’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, it could mean you need a heat pump repair. Langford Cooling can help you find out 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. It doesn’t matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you must call in a qualified technician. Overworked Heat Pump Heat pumps become overworked for many different 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 those aren’t the reason for your heat pump trouble, Langford Cooling 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 Langford Cooling 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 force your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Langford Cooling 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 may 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 takes place when the compressor tries to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Langford Cooling a call at 813-898-9553 right away. You want to keep your Tampa Bay home and family safe and comfortable. You can also schedule a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.