Heat Pump Troubleshooting Tips


If you own a heat pump, there may be times where it stops working properly. Before you call a HVAC repair company, there are a few things you can try yourself to troubleshoot and perhaps repair the issue yourself. Here are some of the most common issues related to heat pumps and how you may be able to fix them.

Pump is Not Running

If the unit itself stops running, this can be extremely frustrating. There are usually a few common causes for this issue. The first is that the inside thermostat may be on the wrong setting. Often, people overlook the command for heat versus cool, and therefore the unit won't turn to heat if it's currently set to cool. Another issue could be that the current thermostat is the wrong type; they must be made specifically to work with heat pumps. If the unit is not running, it could also be related to the fact that it is not getting the proper electricity running to it. Check the wiring and breaker to make sure that everything is connected correctly.

Temperatures Are Not Optimal

If you're noticing that the heat is not working well or that the house seems too warm during the hotter months, there could be a few simple solutions. First, turn the thermostat up or down about five more degrees. This should kick the unit into high gear and it should begin pumping more cold or hot air. Check the registers inside the home and make sure that all filters have been replaced every thirty days. A clogged air filter can cause problems with the temperature inside your home and can affect how the unit is working. Another things that could be causing the issue is dirty coils. Clean off the coils on the outside unit and remove any debris or dust. 

The Blower is Not Working

If the blower is not pushing air, it can happen for a number of different reasons. Before you call a technician, check to make sure the belt is correctly attached to the motor inside the air handler. A slipping or broken belt is one of the most common reasons your unit's blower is no longer working. Take off the cover to air handler and locate the blower. Then, make sure the belt is properly attached to the pulleys. Be sure to turn all power off before you work on anything inside the air handler. Always check the air filter first, as a dirty or clogged filter is often a common cause for heat pump issues. With some simple troubleshooting, you may able to address some of your heat pump's most common problems.

To learn more, contact a company like Greers Service Company Inc


2 December 2015

all about attic ventilation

While sitting in my living room on a hot summer day, I could feel the heat coming through the ceiling out of my attic and making the house warm up more than it should. I crawled up into the attic one evening to find out that the roof vents weren't working any longer because they were clogged with all sorts of debris. Did you know that when this happens, your home's temperature can rise to very uncomfortable levels? Did you know that your home could actually be damaged if the attic isn't well vented? This blog will show you all about attic ventilation.