Tripped Breaker


Old 02-24-04, 06:02 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Tripped Breaker

I have a Lennox unit and the breaker keeps getting tripped causing the outside unit not to come on and we're not getting any heat. No heat with EM either. Utility bill normally runs $180-210, last month $487! What is going on and is there something I can do to keep the breaker from breaking? Before, if cold air blew, I would turn up the heat on the thermostat and hot air would come out. Not this time and I would have to do that on EM Heat.

Does EM cost more to run? Why is there no heat? Why does the breaker keep tripping?

Any suggestions for a quick fix before calling a professional?
Sponsored Links
Old 02-24-04, 06:18 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Also, the circuit breaker won't turn back on even when the unit is in the off position.
Old 02-24-04, 06:56 AM
Ed Imeduc's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Mountain Williams Missouri
Posts: 18,389
I would say call a tech right now. You have to ring the unit out here to find out just what is what. Breaker wont turn on with unit off. Dead short could be but where ,with stuck relay. high electric bill strip heater stuck on ???? Get some one to look at it you have a lot of IFS here. Yes it cost more to run EM than the heat pump only .ED
Old 02-28-04, 11:55 AM
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,815

If the unit won't keep up with the set point, don't bother turning it up...this is like having a light bulb thats dead and thinking it will light up if I push harder on the light switch! It's not an accelerator.
It runs full blast always, or not at all.
You've probly been not getting any heat from that heat pump for ages.....Call a tech.
I think you have more that one issue here.
Old 03-01-04, 10:49 AM
hvac4u's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NW atlanta
Posts: 3,147
sounds like the breaker to the inside unit? if breaker will not reset, possibly a bad breaker
Old 03-01-04, 04:26 PM
mattison's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Cinti, OH
Posts: 5,549
Could be like HVAC said a bad breaker. But lets throw this out. You say no outside unit and no emergency heat? You should have 2 separate breakers 1 for the inside unit that houses the blower and the electric heat package and another breaker for the outside unit. Which breaker is tripping? When you say it's in the off position are you talking about the t-stat?
Old 03-10-04, 12:24 PM
jughead's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Posts: 597
I'd be doing some current measuring if I were you. As I see it there are two bad things happening. Number one bad thing is the circuit breaker tripping. Second bad thing is the electric bill that doubled. That says that there is a big bunch of power being used and probably the circuit breaker is actually being overloaded. There probably is something going on that will require professional help if you don't have a voltmeter and/or amp clamp to do some checking for yourself.
Old 03-13-04, 05:32 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: CANADA
Posts: 109
I had the same problem with my heat pump last year, breaker tripping on and off and it was bad news. Compressor failure was the cause. Expensive job
Old 03-13-04, 06:15 PM
Ed Imeduc's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Mountain Williams Missouri
Posts: 18,389

It can be all kind of things in a unit that can make it pop breakers. We cant see the job so it hard to say what is what . If a person cant read and work a meter to Amp and Ohm it out so as its call "ring out the unit" .Its time to call a hvac tech in for sure ED

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes