More homeowners are gravitating towards heat pumps as an energy-saving alternative to furnaces. However, like all appliances, the unit will eventually develop problems. The key is to be able to identify symptoms of common heat pump problems and take action before the situation worsens.
Heat Pump Won’t Turn On
If the heat pump won’t switch on at all, the appliance may have one of three problems:
- Broken thermostat: there may be miscalibration issues with the thermostat or an electrical/wiring issue.
- Broken reversing valve: the reversing valve reverses the direction of the refrigerant, enabling the unit to act as both a heater and air conditioner. A broken reversing valve may prevent the appliance from turning on.
- Broken starter capacitator: If you hear a clicking noise when you try to turn on the heat pump, this indicates that the starter capacitator is not transmitting electrical current to the motor.
Heat Pump not Heating
You may have a blocked unit if it’s not heating at all. Leaves and debris can inhibit the heat pump from pulling heat from outside into the home. Another possible cause is a dirty air filter that blocks airflow to the compressor. While less frequent, it’s also possible that the refrigerant charge is low, probably due to a leak.
Heat Pump Running Nonstop
The thermostat regulates room temperatures by regularly cycling the heat pump on and off. If it just runs continuously, then something is wrong. Once again, you may have a thermostat miscalibration issue. It could also stem from a broken compressor contractor. This device regulates power control; if it breaks, then the heat pump may not automatically shut off.
We Identify Heat Pump Problems
We install and repair heat pumps as well as traditional gas furnaces. Call WestCoast Heating & Air if you notice irregularities in your heating unit. Heat pump problems require professional diagnosing and servicing.
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