A circuit breaker cuts electricity supply when it detects current overload to prevent a fire disaster. One of the appliances in your home that can trip your circuit breaker is your HVAC system. Let’s explore why your heat pump in Coral Gables, FL, is tripping the circuit breaker.

Clogged Air Filter

A clogged air filter causes your heat pump to work harder than it should. As a result, the system draws more electricity, tripping the circuit breaker.

Contaminants block your air filter when you don’t change it often. They accumulate on the filter, creating a barrier to smooth airflow.

Consider inspecting your air filter often and replacing it when you notice it’s too dirty. The rule of thumb is to replace it every one to three months; if you can’t see through it, it’s time for a new one.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is a unique fluid that moves between the evaporator (indoor) and condenser (outdoor) coils. During the hotter months, when your heat pump is in cooling mode, it moves heat from the indoor coil to the outdoor coil. When the cooler season sets in and you switch to heating, the fluid moves heat from the outdoor coil to the indoor coil.

When this fluid leaks, your heat pump can no longer transport heat efficiently. Consequently, it overworks, attempting to transport as much heat as possible.

Overworking causes your heat pump to draw more current than it should, thus potentially tripping the circuit breaker. Seek the services of a professional service technician to repair refrigerant leaks.

Improperly Sized Heat Pump

An improperly sized system cannot satisfy your home’s temperature needs. An incorrectly sized system either falls in the undersized or oversized category.

An undersized system runs continuously, thus drawing more electric current. An oversized system consumes more electricity due to short cycling.

Call RCI Air Conditioning Company for professional air conditioning and heating services, including repair and maintenance. We will professionally handle the issue causing your heat pump to trip the circuit breaker.

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