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Heat pump kicks breaker outside in main breaker panel

Heat pump runs after resetting breaker until it cuts off then breaker kicks.

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The start capacitor is bad. Motors develop what is known as lock rotor amperage. requires alot of torque to turn the motor until it reaches iits rated or run load amperage. the motor is not able to overcome the lock rotor amps which is usually 5x the rated amperage and always more amps than the breaker. this is usually not a problem because the start capacitor helps overcome the LRA so quickly that it doesnt trip the breaker. If the capacitor is round and bad it will be bulged at the top, if it is oval shaped then the rupture disc on top will be blown letting all the dielectric fluid out which cools the capacitor

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