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So when you locally switch off the unit the breaker still won'r reset?
correct. I locally shut the breaker off and when I wanted to turn it back on it wouldn't reset.
.Not quite what I meant but do you mean tat there is only one breaker, this is local and the only one you have switched?
sorry..... the breaker I turned off is in my panel with the lower portion of the house. There is a single next to the heat pump also. I can't reset the one in the panel. I've tried turning off the single next to the unit and resetting then resetting the panel and that doesn't work either. All other circuits in the panel work fine.
OK so there are two possibilities; #1 the wiring from panel to local breaker is bad or #2 the breaker in the panel is bad. Now I will presume you have been switching this breaker all the way off before trying to reset? If so then please temporarily remove the wires from this panel breaker and try to reset again. If it does not reset te breaker is bad, if it does reset there is a wiring fault between the two breakers.
One other thing, if the panel breaker is two pole and the local breaker single pole then this single is not on the same circuit. To further test the wiring (if breaker test works) you should look for a mechanical disconnect (pull disconnect) locally at the unti.
I guess I'm confused. why would the wiring be bad if the unit was working fine before I switched it off and I didn't think the breakers you reset went bad. The breaker didn't trip. I shut it off and now I can't get it to stay in the on mode.
I don't know what two pole or single pole means...??
Some times things just fail without apparent reason. It is more likely the breaker went bad then the wiring but we need to make sure before you waste money on a new breaker.
2 pole is twice as wide with two wire in in, single pole is one wire and half as wide.
Also (fgrom another expert) try tapping this panel breker with a scredriver handle then try again to reset.
OOPS missed some keys there sorry!
ok - the shutoff next to the unit has a gfc also.. that breaker is twice the size as the one in the panel. It does not reset but only pulls out. so I need to pull the disconnect then try to reset?
Yes and also try tapping the breaker as I said.
i think the confusion is that the breaker is not even staying like it has been tripped. it goes back to the off position. like a hinge is broke or something
Let me know when you have tested these things. I understand your confusion butfirst please try as Isay, you are my eyes and ears at yor home.
tap the breaker