Cooler temperatures mean that it is time to use your heating system. Unfortunately, your system might not be ready for use. One common issue that can occur is the electrical breaker keeps tripping when you turn on the heat. If that is happening to you, here is what you need to know:
Why Is the Electrical Breaker Tripping?
If the electrical breaker trips once and then does not do it again after you flip it back on, you probably do not have a problem. However, if the breaker continues to flip when you are running your heating system, there is an issue.
The breaker could be tripping for several reasons, including wiring damage outside of the home. There is also the possibility that the breaker cannot handle the electrical demands of your heating system.
Tripping could even be caused by too many electrical components being used at once. The breaker could become overworked and trip in response.
The reason for the tripping might not even be directly related to your heating system. A short circuit somewhere else in the home can cause the breaker to flip off constantly.
The breaker issue could be far simpler than all these causes. For instance, the outside unit for the system could be dirty. A dirty air filter could even be the culprit.
What Can You Do?
Before calling your HVAC technician to service your heating system, you can try to troubleshoot the issue. Start by changing the filter in your heating system. If the filter does need changing, make sure you use a replacement filter that is the same size as the one you are removing.
If that does not solve the problem, you can check the unit outside. If the outside unit has a visible blockage, you might be able to remove it yourself. For instance, if there are leaves in the unit that are within reach, turn off the power to the unit and remove them.
To determine if the breaker is overloaded by having too many items running at once, turn off the electrical components in your home. You can then turn on your heating system to see if the breaker continues to trip. If it does, the breaker might need to be upgraded so that it can handle the electrical demands on it.
Other problems that are causing the electrical breaker to flip should be fixed by the HVAC technician. Contact a company like Controlled Comfort for more information and assistance.