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Fuse on my control board blows constantly. How do I find a Low Voltage Short?

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Problem: The fuse on my control board blows constantly. How do I find a low voltage short?

Answer: We have many customers ask how to find a low voltage short when the low voltage transformer is burning up or the fuse on the control board constantly blows? Most of the time I have found that shorts occur in the thermostat wires that go out to the outdoor condensing unit. Wear and tear of sun light, animals or weed eaters usually cause these shorts. I would like to suggest that you inspect the thermostat wires for cracks, wear and tear. Pay close attention to where the thermostat wires where the wires go through the body of the furnace or air conditioning unit. Many times the thermostat wires will short out against the body of the furnace or air conditioner. We have a really good tool that you can use to save fuses when troubleshooting low voltage shorts called the Lil Popper. The Lil Popper allows you to manually reset the fuse instead of replacing a fuse everytime. Please click here if you would like to see the LiL Popper tool we sell. If you find out that your low voltage transformer is bad and you need a new transfomer then Please click here to see the low voltage transformers that we sell. I found three really good Youtube videos on how to find low voltage shorts by ACservicetech , Word of Advice TV and Lex Vance.  I hope these great Youtube Videos will help you out in finding where the short is located in your HVAC system. The Lex Vance video on the bottom shows how Mr. Vance found a low voltage thermostat wire short out in the AC condensing unit’s thermostat wires. Thanks so very much to ACservicetech, Word of Advice TV and Lex Vance for making these great videos! If you have any questions please email us anytime: support@arnoldservice.com or comment below in our comments section below.


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6 thoughts on “Fuse on my control board blows constantly. How do I find a Low Voltage Short?

  1. I was blowing the 5 Amp fuse on the control board for my forced air gas furnace.
    My furnace is a Concord model CG90UB.
    I removed all the wires going to my thermostat and it would not blow the fuse when powered on.
    I turned off the input power and attached terminal R (24 VAC power to thermostat) and the fuse blew.
    The wire from terminal R goes to a safety switch in the condensate pump and then to the thermostat.
    I bypassed the condensate pump and to directly feed 24 vac to my thermostat and the fuse no longer.blows. It turns out the switch inside the pump that is enabled by the float had failed. This allowed water to get to the top of the tank and short the safety switch to ground. I have a new pump on order. The pump is a Little Giant 554405 Vcma-15uls. Meanwhile I have the furnace condensation hose running to a bucket.
    Rollin

    1. Hi Justen! Thanks so much for taking your time to explain how your condensate pump’s safety switch caused the fuse on your control board to blow! Congratulations! So glad to hear that you were able to find and fix the problem. Thanks so very much for sharing how you fixed your furnace! I hope you have a great and blessed day! Steve

  2. I have a nutone ac/heat pump blowing the low voltage fuse. When in ac position it turns on and runs. In the heat position it turns on and after about ten minutes the fuse blows. This is a mobile home unit where everything is in the outside unit, no furnace

    1. Hi David! I am guessing that you are referring to the fuse on your control board is blowing and not the high voltage fuse blowing. If it is a low voltage fuse problem then you have a low voltage short somewhere. Most of the time low voltage shorts are in the thermostat wires. We have a post about this on the following page: https://arnoldservice.com/problem-furnace-air-conditioner-heat-pump-will-not-come-on/ Since the fuse blows while in the heating mode then this could be in any of the thermostat wires that control your heaters or any of the low voltage controls like contactors or sequencers that are in your heater’s control panel. Sorry that I can not be of much help. I hope you can easily find and fix the problem. Steve

  3. My condenser keeps shorting out low voltage wires. Yesterday I ran voltage test back n forth and found that I wasn’t getting 24 volts at the contactor but the air handler was sending it. So I just used an extra wire and swapped it on both ends. Condenser Cut right on. 6 hours later , the same thing. So I repeated the same process and used an extra thermostat wire and it fired right up again. Any thought on why it’s doing this ?

    1. Hi Daniel! I have never heard of new low voltage wires shorting out that soon unless you have a loose connection or a short to ground somewhere else in your system. I am sorry that I can not give you any advice other than check all your connections to make sure they are good and tight and you do not have any shorted thermostat wire anywhere. I hope you can find the problem soon! Steve

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