Why a Ceiling Fan Trips the Circuit Breaker Ceiling Fan Wiring Electrical Question: Why is my new ceiling fan tripping the circuit breaker? I’m trying to replace a ceiling fan in a room and the new fan is tripping the breaker. I’m having problems installing a new ceiling fan. My new ceiling fans trip the circuit breaker My new ceiling fans trip the circuit breaker. If the circuit trips after the ceiling fans have been running for a while or after turning on the ceiling fan lights then it is most likely an overloaded circuit condition which means that a different circuit with available capacity must be found or a new circuit may need to be installed.