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 affect your home comfort is on Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you might need a heat pump repair. Allstar 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 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 those aren’t the reason for your heat pump trouble, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help you out by performing 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 believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 cause your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning technician 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 could trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become congested 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 happens when the compressor tries to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-688-4018 right away. You want to keep your Buellton home and family safe and comfortable. You can also schedule a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.