Why Does My Heat Pump Keep Tripping My Breaker?

Heat pumps are one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your home in Mount Pleasant, TX. However, they sometimes cause your breaker to trip if they have a problem. Below are several reasons your heat pump might keep tripping your breaker.

Faulty Wiring

A damaged or poor connection in the wiring circuit can cause your HVAC system to trip the breaker. If there’s a fault in the circuit, it can cause a short that overloads the system and trips the breaker. You can avoid this problem by ensuring that you hire an expert to do your heat pump installation.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant helps the heat pump transfer heat from one area to another. If your HVAC system is leaking refrigerant, it’ll cause the temperature difference between the inside and outside coils to increase. As such, the heat pump will have to work harder to transfer the same heat and cause the compressor to overheat and trip the breaker.

Compressor Overloading

The compressor is the heart of your HVAC system, which can cause your breaker to trip if it’s overloaded. This usually happens when the compressor is trying to start up after being off for a while. An overloaded compressor will trip the breaker and shut off the HVAC system.

Fan Issues

Outdoor fan issues are one of the most common reasons a heat pump trips its breaker. The heat pump will overheat and trip the breaker if the fan isn’t running. The fan also helps cool the compressor, so if it’s not running, the compressor can overheat as well.

If your HVAC system keeps tripping your breaker, act as soon as possible to avert further problems with your unit. Call Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing to help you diagnose the problem and make the necessary HVAC repairs.

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