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 difficulties that affect your home comfort is on Rim Country Mechanical, Inc.’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. can help you identify 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. Regardless what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you have to call in a professional. 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 the culprit—and those problems can be easily identified and resolved during a preventive maintenance visit. If that isn’t the issue with your heat pump trouble, Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. 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 immediately when you turn it on. If you believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, call Rim Country Mechanical, 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 force your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. 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 may 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 happens when the compressor attempts to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. a call at 928-537-1803 right away. It’s important that you keep your Show Low home and family safe and comfortable. You can also schedule a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.