Your circuit breaker trips when there’s a circuit overload and a device or appliance in your Palm City, FL, home draws more electric current than usual. Read on to learn several factors that can cause your heat pump to trip the circuit breaker in your home.

Clogged Air Filter

A clogged air filter causes airflow problems because it blocks air from entering your HVAC system. Reduced airflow prompts the HVAC system to work extra hard to draw more air. The harder the heat pump works, the more current it draws.

You should get a new air filter every month or two to prevent airflow problems. A new air filter also traps pollutants more efficiently, thus protecting your household from the effects of poor indoor air quality.

Wiring Issues

Your heat pump has multiple electrical wires that enable it to conduct its functions efficiently. If the covering on these wires becomes damaged, the cables may come in contact and cause sparks.

The circuit breaker cuts the electric current to prevent a fire from breaking out. Don’t attempt to repair wiring issues if you’re not a certified professional, as you risk getting injured.

Faulty Compressor

As your heat pump ages, the efficiency of some components reduces, such as the compressor. A malfunctioning compressor struggles to start and draws excessive current every time it tries. Consequently, the circuit breaker trips.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant leaks reduce your heat pump’s ability to transfer heat. The little refrigerant remaining cannot move enough heat, forcing the heat pump to work harder than usual.

More signs of refrigerant leaks include gurgling and hissing noises. A technician can repair refrigerant leaks and recharge your system to restore its efficiency.

Allow a service technician to inspect why your system trips your circuit breaker rather than resetting it every time. Call Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning for quality heat pump services in Palm City, FL.

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