If your heat pump seems to be malfunctioning, or just not putting out the correct amount of heat, there may be an easy solution that you can handle. We have put together a list of common concerns that might be causing your system to not work properly. Learn how to diagnose your heat pump problem so you can take care of it yourself or be able to explain your issue to a heat pump professional.
Common Heat Pump Issues
Heat pump icing. It’s not unusual to see some frost on your heat pump’s outside coil during heating mode, as a result of moisture in the air freezing on the cold coil. A properly operating heat pump will go into defrost cycle regularly to melt that ice. However, if the ice doesn’t go away, or gets worse as time passes, your heat pump’s defrost cycle mechanism is the likely culprit. This is something a professional should look at.
Heat pump won’t turn on. This could be an easy fix. First, check to make sure the heat pump is turned on and getting power. Is it set to the proper mode (heating or cooling)? Has the circuit tripped at the breaker box? Look at the thermostat to make sure it’s set properly and hasn’t run out of batteries (if it’s battery operated). If none of these heat pump issues is the guilty party, call a professional.
Heat pump is making loud or unusual noises. With either the inside or outside units of your heat pump, if you hear banging, clanging or loud vibrations – rather than the normal humming and fan operation – something’s not right. First, turn off the heat pump to ensure any existing damage doesn’t become worse. For example, if the inside fan sounds like it’s hitting or scraping something, or loudly vibrating, the fan is malfunctioning and you’ll want to have a professional technician look at it. Similarly, if the outside fan sounds off, the fan blades could be cracked or off kilter.
These are just a few examples of heat pump issues you might experience. If you think you’ve figured out the heat pump issues in your Houston area home, but can’t address the problem yourself, please contact us today at Conditioned Air.