Does your furnace keep tripping the breaker each time it runs a cycle? This can be very frustrating for many homeowners. Having to constantly reset the breakers and not having a warm home isn’t just an inconvenience, it is a major problem. When the furnace breaker trips each time it runs, it indicates there is a problem within the heating system. In some cases the problem can be easily fixed while other times it can be a serious issue. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will go over some of the reasons why a furnace breaker will trip and when to seek professional assistance.
Gas & Electric Furnaces Can Trip Breakers
As we go over some of the common culprits that can cause the furnace breakers to trip, both gas fuel and electrical furnaces can trip their breakers. Even a gas furnace uses an electrical start up mechanism and they too can trip their breakers. Along with an electrical start system the fan motor in both furnace types is electric and is often the cause for the breakers to trip. Here are some of the common causes for a furnace breaker to trip.
Clogged Air Filter
One reason why a breaker will trip is a dirty air filter. When the air filters are clogged with dirty the air flow becomes restricted which causes stress on the furnace. As a result of the stress, the furnace can overloaded, causing the breaker to trip. Check the air filter if your breaker trips frequently. Air filters should be changed every 1 to 3 months.
Blocked Air Vents
Another problem that causes air flow restriction and overloads is when the air vents are closed. Homeowners will close off the air vent in areas of the home they simply do not spend a lot of time in. They hope to force the warm air into the areas of the house they mostly hang out in. This is not how HVAC systems work and you are only adding stress to the furnace. Avoid adding stress to the furnace system and keep all of the air vents open.
Air Duct Leaks
Sometimes the air duct system can develop a leak where the warm air leaks out. Much of the warm air is wasted and the inside of the home will never achieve the desired temperature. As a result the furnace will run longer and more often. Due to the extended and more frequent heating cycles, the furnace can or the fan motor will overheat. To prevent a fire the breaker will trip. When it comes to locating and repairing an air duct, seek out professional HVAC services.
Bad Blower Motor
The air conditioning and heating system often shares the same blower to push the air through the air ducts and into the home. The blower motor demands a lot of power throughout the entire year. When the blower fan becomes dirty or dry, it can stress the motor resulting in an overload. Depending on the type of blower motor either the belt or bearing may need to be replaced to ensure efficiency. At times the blower motor is old and overused and it is time to replace the motor. To determine the problem of the blower motor again, contact an HVAC service.
Emergency Furnace Repair, Replacement, Maintenance & More in Summerlin, North LV, Henderson, Enterprise, Paradise, Sunrise Manor, Spring Valley, Aliante, Anthem, Desert Shores, Eldorado, Green Valley Ranch, Inspirada, Mountain’s Edge, Peccole Ranch, Providence, Rhodes Ranch, Seven Hills, Silverado Ranch, The Lakes, Tuscany Village & Las Vegas Nevada
A professional HVAC technician can help locate the cause of the breaker tripping. At times it may be due to a problem with the electrical panel itself. If you need help stabilizing your furnace, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.