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4 Heat Pump Problems & How to Troubleshoot Them

If you rely on a heat pump at your property, the last thing you need is for a glitch in the system to disrupt your service.

The good news is that most heat pump problems are easy to examine and fix on your own before needing to call A&T HVAC. Here are four common scenarios and how to troubleshoot them.

Won’t Turn On.

The first thing you’ll want to check here is the power source. Look over the settings on your home thermostat to be sure you’re in heat mode. Set the temperature to something warmer than the current temperature at home. Next, check your circuit panel to see if a breaker has possibly tripped. If your thermostat is newer, it’s possible that it could be incompatible with your heat pump or was wired improperly, ruining sensitive thermostat and heat pump components, resulting in a thermostat failure. You may need some help from a reliable HVAC contractor if this is the case.

Blowing Cold Air.

If the heat pump is blowing cold air, first be sure you’re in heating mode. It cold also be that your system is in a defrost mode if the weather is cold. Should that be the case, the cycle should complete after 10 to 15 minutes and then return to a normal operation. If cold air continues to blow, check your air filter. This is the most common culprit.

Struggling to Warm your Home.

Many of the issues noted above in cold air blowing could cause this issue, but your ductwork might also need a good cleaning or you may have debris like weeds and grass blocking the airflow around your exterior unit. Dirty coils are also another possibility. Also, be sure pieces of furniture or other furnishings are not blocking vents and registers, reducing airflow and performance.

Strange Smells.

This usually means trouble and requires professional attention. Call on us for help if you’re experiencing one of these odors: mustiness (may indicate mold growth), rotting or feces (meaning an animal likely gained access), or burning (signaling electrical issues).

We’re here to help solve whatever heating, cooling or HVAC woe you’re experiencing. Call A&T Heating and Air Conditioning in Mohnton, Berks County, PA at 484-516-1017 or visit us online at www.atheatac.com and we can perform the necessary HVAC inspections and service to ensure your systems are functioning properly and safely.