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Why is Your Furnace Tripping Your Circuit Breaker?

January 19, 2018

It’s never a good thing to have an appliance trip your circuit breaker, but having your furnace cause problems throughout the coldest Portland days is pretty high on Three Rivers Heating & Cooling’s list of “Bad Things.” If your furnace is tripping your circuit breaker, it could mean you need a furnace repair. Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can help you determine what the exact problem is, but here are examples of reasons we typically see: overworked furnaces, short circuits and wiring problems. It doesn’t matter what is going on with your furnace, if your circuit breaker is tripping, you need to call in a professional.

Overworked Furnaces
Furnaces become overworked for a number of reasons, but they’re generally preventable. Dirty air filters and blocked or closed vents are often to blame—and those problems can be easily identified and fixed during a preventive maintenance visit. If that isn’t the reason for your furnace trouble, Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can help you out by performing a furnace repair.

Short Circuits
If you have a short circuit in your furnace, it will trip the breaker immediately when you turn it on. If you think you have a short circuit in your furnace, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling right away for a furnace repair. Short circuits can be very risky, causing fires or other serious damages.

Wiring Problems
Faulty installation or loose connections can cause your furnace to short circuit and trip your circuit breaker. It doesn’t matter how they got that way, loose wires can trigger your furnace to overheat and trip your circuit. Your Three Rivers Heating & Cooling professional can find and tighten any loose connections and keep your furnace operating safely.

When your circuit breaker is tripping, give Three Rivers Heating & Cooling a call at 503-213-4433 immediately. It’s important to keep your Portland home and family safe and warm.