Heat pumps can suffer problems, just like any other piece of equipment in your home. Troubleshooting the issue is pretty similar to making sure an AC unit is working. Start simple, and when things get really complex, call a professional. This guide will give you some troubleshooting and repair tips for when your heat pump is on the fritz.
Troubleshooting the Problem
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- Thermostat - First, check to make sure that you have it switched to "heat" or "cold," depending on your preference, and that it is above or below room temperature. Also be sure that your thermostat is designed for heat pumps and not AC/furnace systems. Improper wiring will also cause problems.
- Power - Is the heat pump receiving power? Make sure it isn't dependent on a switch to be on or off. Check your circuit breaker and flip it back on if it has been tripped. Consistent problems could be a sign of a short in the system or wiring. In this case, call an electrician or HVAC expert.
- The Unit Itself - Check the filter and clean it if it is dirty. Make sure nothing is impeding air going in or out of the unit. If the condenser is frozen, turn the unit off and allow it to thaw out. You may also need to clean the refrigerant coils.
Any squealing or strange noises from the heat pump are a sign that you need to call a specialist in to look at it. Your owner's manual should also have some troubleshooting tips and methods that are specific to the unit you own.