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Why Is My Heat Pump Tripping The Circuit Breaker?

When your heat pump triggers a breaker, you can breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction.

It’s like a superhero swooping in to rescue your heat pump from a potential major burnout or malfunction. Think of it as a protective shield that springs into action when there’s a power surge running through your heat pump’s circuits.

But beware, if the breaker isn’t on its A-game, your heat pump might get a little carried away and end up overloading, causing it to tap out and go into full-on dysfunction mode.

The Dangers of Leaving Heat Pump Problems Unattended

If your circuit breaker trips and you’ve attempted to reset it without success, it’s best to call out professional help. Persistent tripping could indicate a significant underlying problem with your heat pump that requires instant attention. At Finest Heating & Air, we are certified professionals skilled in diagnosing such issues and providing the necessary repairs to make it work at full functionality.

When electrical complications arise in your Palo Alto residence, they demand serious attention. If you leave it in the future, it can lead to a fire outbreak and similar problems. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), local fire departments in the United States report an estimated average of 44,880 fire outbreaks every year involving electrical failures or malfunctions. These fire outbreaks lead to deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage worth $1.3 billion.

Why is the Heat Pump Tripping Circuit Breaker?

There are five possible causes why a heat pump continuously keeps failing to work effectively:

  1. Dirty Air Filters: Dirty air vents can obstruct the airflow and negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). When an air filter is clogged with dirt, it takes longer for air to circulate throughout the house. As a result, your heat pump requires more power to run which overloads the system, and eventually tripping the circuit breaker.
  2. Wiring Problems: Wiring is another common issue that occurs with most heat pumps. Wires tend to become loose with the passage of time as it sees different weather conditions throughout years. The hot and cold temperature changes can result in expanding & contracting the assembly of the wire leading to faulty connections & hence trip outs.
  3. Outdoor Fan Malfunctions: The outdoor unit is responsible for blowing air over the refrigerant coils. If there’s something obstructing the fan motor, the outdoor unit will not work appropriately or at full capacity. To keep functioning correctly, the outdoor fan unit will draw upon more power & hence overload the heat pump resulting in a trip out.
  4. Compressor Malfunction: Just like every other thing in your heat pumP system, the compressor unit can also malfunction. It can start showing problems when the unit pumps the refrigerant throughout the system for ages. As the compressor starts going bad, it trips the circuit breaker & hence the heat pump stops functioning correctly.
  5. Dirt Filled Condenser Coil: Like other components of the heat pump system, dirt can also accumulate in the condenser coil. This coil is responsible for releasing or accumulating the heat from the environment. When the condenser coil of your heat pump becomes dirty, the heating unit starts running over its capacity leading to a breaker trip.

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What to Do If Your Heat Pump Circuit Breaker Continuously Keeps Tripping?

Finest Heating & Air brings licensed and experienced staff to help you diagnose the problem with your heat pump unit and provide you with a solution. Are you looking to install new components in your heat pump or do you want to prevent heat pump tripping out? Schedule a preventive maintenance service with us today. Call us at (650) 223-2028 and get your heat pump up and running efficiently in no time.

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