I have a Heil 2.5 ton heat pump and the breaker for the outside unit keeps tripping. (air handler not tripping out) The unit was installed in November 2001. Currently, the breaker for the heat pump kicks out shortly after reseting the breaker. I notice that the fan on the heat pump does start turning, but then stops once the breaker trips.
I will mention that we have had freezing rain/ice a few days ago, but the unit doesn't appear to have a large buildup of ice. Also, it just started tripping out last night, so it has been operating since the storm a few days ago.
I will mention that since I have lived in the house for 3 years now, I have had problems with the breaker tripping sporatically. (maybe 4-5 times a year), but never just keep tripping out once I reset it.
Does that mean my compressor is shot/locked up? I know that will be big $$, and just wanted to get some opinions before the local hvac repair guy comes and feeds me a line about needing a new heat pump when I may not be true. Could low refrigerant cause this? I did have some freon added this summer because it was low.
Thanks for your help.