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Common Heat Pump Problems Solved

Heat Pump ProblemsDuring cold weather service technicians are often called for common heat pump problems like this one. When it’s really cold outside your heat pump may not be able to heat the house to the temperature you have set on your thermostat.

Your Heat Pump Can’t Reach Desired Temperature

If you set your thermostat to 72 degrees this winter you may find your house only reaches 69 to 70 degrees. This heat pump problem is very common and generates many service calls. Sometimes there are real heat pump problems occurring but many times it is because of severely cold weather conditions.

Why Your Heat Pump Isn’t Producing Enough Heat

When temperatures outside get below 35 degrees, your heat pump will lose efficiency and cannot keep up with heat loss that naturally occurs in your home. When the temperature in your house falls 2-3 degrees below the set temperature, supplemental heat comes on to assist the heat pump. Unfortunately before the temperature reaches the set temperature, the backup heat cycles off and the heat pump runs on its own. The problem is, that the heat pump still cannot reach the desired temperature. This usually happens when it’s the coldest outside and you need the heat the most.

What You Can Do

Heat pumps that are operating correctly are very efficient. They are designed to work the way they do. You can remedy this situation without heater repairs by adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you want it to be. This will help your house stay at a comfortable temperature during cold days.

Heat Pump Problems On Warm Days

If you notice this problem on warmer days (over 35 degrees) then you may have another problem all together.  Heat pump repairs may be needed.  Here are a few possible problems that might be occurring:

  • Faulty Thermostat
  • Problem with refrigerant
  • Valve Problems
  • Compressor Problems
  • Unit wasn’t maintained properly
  • Leaking ducts
  • Outdoor unit isn’t working properly

When To Call Your HVAC Company

If you notice problems with your HVAC system maintaining the right heat, it could be that it is just really cold outside. If you don’t think that is the problem, you can call your HVAC Company, Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and speak to a service technician who will be happy to help you diagnose the problem. You can depend on Greater Comfort to provide you with everything you need to keep your house comfortable all winter long.  Whether it is advise or heat pump repairs, Greater Comfort can help.


Beware of Ice on Your Heat Pump

ice on your heat pumpHeat pumps are a great way to heat your home. Keeping your system up and running smoothly is important.  If you haven’t called for your fall system checkup, now is a good time to make sure your system is working efficiently. You should also keep an eye on your heat pump in the winter. Beware of ice on your heat pump. You can do a few things to help your heat pump when Mother Nature sends the snow and ice. Maintaining your heat pump isn’t as hard as you might imagine.

Is Your Heat Pump Defrosting

Heat pumps are made to handle outdoor winters in our area. They have a built in defrost mode that keeps your heat pump from freezing. Heat pumps go into defrost mode every 30 to 90 minutes. This cycle usually lasts less than 10 minutes, depending on outdoor conditions. If you notice Ice on your heat pump and coils, this indicates a problem.

Are You Maintaining Your Unit

Keeping ice and snow away from your heat pump will prevent some of the problems you could have. Make sure gutters are hung above your unit to prevent water from dripping down causing ice to form. A small shelf or awning may also help. Don’t totally enclose your heat pump unit as it uses the outside air to work efficiently.

Keep the heat pump’s coils clean of debris and snow. Remove snow that is near the unit and remove any leaves or debris in the coils. Be careful when removing debris from the coils because the refrigerant inside is under pressure. Puncturing the coils could result in injury.

If your Heat Pump Isn’t Defrosting

If you notice ice on your heat pump, you may have trouble with your unit. Your HVAC repairman can help you diagnose the problem. You may need a refrigerant recharge or you may need heat pump repairs like changing the thermostat, sensors or relay, timers, sticky valves or any number of parts.

If you have questions about your heat pump or you need heat pump repairs, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air conditioning. Their factory-trained technicians can help you fix the problem quickly and prevent further damage to your heat pump or heating system. When you are looking for friendly service, and a company you can trust, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They can service your unit under warranty and they do emergency service.