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 complications that impact your home comfort is on YES R&M Inc.’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you might need a heat pump repair. YES R&M Inc. can help you find out 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. No matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you need to call in an expert.

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 the culprit—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, YES R&M Inc. 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 promptly when you turn it on. If you think you have a short circuit in your heat pump, call YES R&M 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. It doesn’t matter how they got that way, loose wires can trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your YES R&M 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 might trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become obstructed or malfunction and may 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 YES R&M Inc. a call at 562-286-6624 right now. You want to keep your Long Beach home and family safe and comfortable.