Having an appliance tripping your circuit breaker is never a good thing, but having your heat pump cause problems that disturb your home comfort is on Fire & Ice HVAC’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, it could mean you need a heat pump repair. Fire & Ice HVAC can help you determine 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. Regardless 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 several reasons, but they’re typically preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often responsible—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, Fire & Ice HVAC can help you out by doing a heat pump repair.
If you have a short circuit in your heat pump, it will trip the breaker instantly when you turn it on. If you think you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact Fire & Ice HVAC right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very unsafe, causing fires or other serious damages.
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 Fire & Ice HVAC professional can find and tighten any loose connections and safely get your heat pump running properly.
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 might cause your circuit breaker to trip.
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 Fire & Ice HVAC a call at 703-595-4157 immediately. You want to keep your Woodbridge home and family safe and comfortable.