Why is Your Heat Pump Tripping Your Circuit Breaker? 01/19/2018It’s never a good thing to have an appliance trip your circuit breaker, but having your heat pump cause complications that affect your home comfort is on Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing’s list of “Bad Things.” If your heat pump is tripping your circuit breaker, you may need a heat pump repair. Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you identify 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. No matter what is going on with your heat pump, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you need to call in a qualified technician. Overworked Heat Pump Heat pumps become overworked for several reasons, but they’re generally preventable. Dirty air filters or outside units and blocked or closed vents are often responsible—and those problems can be easily identified and remedied during a preventive maintenance visit. If that’s not the cause of your heat pump trouble, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 believe you have a short circuit in your heat pump, contact Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing right away for a heat pump repair. Short circuits can be very dangerous, 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. No matter how they got that way, loose wires can trigger your heat pump to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician can find and tighten any loose connections and make sure your heat pump is 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 congested or malfunction and could 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 tries to pull in too much current to start itself up. If your circuit breaker is tripping, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 right away. It’s important that you keep your Bakersfield home and family safe and comfortable. You can also arrange a heat pump repair appointment with us using our online scheduler.