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 Gordon Air Conditioning’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, it could mean you need a heat pump repair. Gordon Air Conditioning can help you determine 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 a professional. 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 the culprit—and those problems can be easily identified and resolved during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Gordon 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 instantly when you turn it on. If you suspect you have a short circuit in your heat pump, reach out to Gordon Air Conditioning 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. Regardless of how they got that way, loose wires can trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Gordon Air Conditioning expert 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 might cause your circuit breaker to trip. Compressor Malfunctions If your compressor is older or starts to malfunction, it could trip your circuit breaker. This occurs when the compressor tries to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Gordon Air Conditioning a call at 850-682-5509 right now. You want to keep your Crestview home and family safe and comfortable. You can also arrange a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.