HVAC Repairs

Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker?

It’s never a good thing to have an appliance trip your circuit breaker, but having your heat pump cause difficulties that impact your home comfort is on Ambient Air’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you might need a heat pump repair. Ambient Air 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. Regardless what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you must call in a professional.

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 to blame—and those problems can be easily identified and fixed during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Ambient Air 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 Ambient Air right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very unsafe, 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 Ambient Air 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 could trip your circuit breaker. Sometimes this fan, which circulates air over refrigerant coils, will become blocked 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 Ambient Air a call at 520-201-3871 right now. You want to keep your Tucson home and family safe and comfortable. 

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