Why Is the Furnace Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Your heating system can last and deliver good service for up to 15 years. Regular maintenance and proper care are essential if you want to ensure optimum performance. If you neglect your annual furnace tuneup, you won’t be able to get ahead of and prevent problems. Issues with your furnace can even trip the circuit breaker. Here are a few reasons your furnace may be tripping the circuit breaker.

Dirt and Debris

A dirty filter cannot remove airborne particles effectively. Eventually, the accumulation of dust and other items will lead to airflow problems. Any buildup of oil or debris anywhere in the system can affect how components work. Additionally, the furnace will have to work harder to heat your home. Particle buildup and the pressure on components can cause it to overheat and trip the breaker.

Blockages can also lead to energy waste. You should change your filter every one to three months. However, check it at least monthly if you have pets. Make regular filter changes and annual maintenance priorities to manage indoor air quality and prevent mechanical problems.

An Overloaded Circuit

Your furnace might share a circuit with other appliances. If this is the case, and especially if the furnace is not efficient, it can cause the circuit breaker to trip. You will need to contact a professional electrician. This is a common problem when you install a new system in an older home where the wiring might not be able to handle the load. Our reliable service techs know to look for these issues with every installation.

If you notice the power goes out whenever the furnace cycles on, stop operating the system and contact us immediately. You might think the right course of action is to reset the circuit breaker. However, this can damage your system or even cause a fire. A professional HVAC contractor can identify the problem and make the appropriate recommendations.

Warren-Hay Mechanical Contractors Inc. specializes in commercial and residential maintenance services. Give us a call at 919-251-5615 for more information or to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you to protect your home, business, and heating system.

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