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 complications that disturb your home comfort is on American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning 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 have to call in a qualified technician. Overworked Heat Pump Heat pumps become overworked for many different 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 fixed during a preventive maintenance visit. If that isn’t the issue with your heat pump trouble, American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning 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 believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, call American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very dangerous, 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 trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning technician 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 could trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become congested or malfunction and might cause your circuit breaker to trip. Compressor Malfunctions If your compressor is aging 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 818-370-7266 right away. It’s important that you keep your Sylmar home and family safe and comfortable. You can also book a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.