The main idea of heat pumps is quite simple: they are a source of both heating and cooling for your home. During the summer months, your heat pump serves as an air conditioner by taking the warm air from the outside and pumping it as cold air into your home. Conversely, your heat pump serves as a heater in the winter months by taking in cold air from outdoors, warming it, and releasing it into your home. Simply put, a heat pump always pumps heat and is able to both heat and cool your home in a way that differs from standard heaters and air conditioners. Although heat pumps are incredibly common and are seen as a reliable, cost-effective, long-lasting method of keeping your home at a temperature that is comfortable for you, they are still man-made machines. This means that regardless of how reliable and long-lasting heat pumps may be, they are likely to run into mechanical issues like all other machines. Because of this, the team of experts at D&T Air Conditioning and Heating have put together a small list of the most common issues when it comes to heat pumps and easy fixes to each of them.
Your Heat Pump Is Not Properly Switching Between Heating and Cooling Modes
If your heat pump is failing to switch between heating and cooling modes, you’re likely incredibly frustrated. Afterall, the major convenience of a heat pump is the fact that it is able to provide you with both air conditioning and with heating like it’s meant to do. Luckily for you, a malfunctioning heat pump when it comes to switching between heating and cooling modes is an easy fix. If your heat pump isn’t properly switching between heating and cooling modes, it’s more than likely due to a malfunctioning thermostat or a malfunctioning reverse valve.
If your thermostat is malfunctioning, you’re going to want to check if your programmable thermostat is set to have the heat come on at the right time. If this seems fine, then your thermostat might be uncalibrated, causing your thermostat to read the temperature incorrectly. The issue may also be an electrical problem that prevents your thermostat from communicating with the pump. On the other hand, if the reverse valve is broken, then your heat pump won’t be able to serve as both a heater and an air conditioner. The function of a reverse valve is to allow the heat pump to change the direction of airflow, ultimately allowing the pump to switch between a heater and an air conditioner. Regardless of the issue, you will need your heat pump serviced by a professional in order to get it functioning again.
You Notice Odd Noises Coming From Your Heat Pump
If there’s one thing that we all know about machinery it’s that if it’s making unfamiliar noises, something is probably not right. Your heat pump is no exception to this general rule of thumb. If, when your heat pump is on and running, you notice rumbling noises coming from the inside, then it’s very likely that there’s something wrong inside your heat pump. These noises shouldn’t be ignored as they can lead to much bigger, more expensive issues if left unattended. More often than not, an odd noise coming from inside your heat pump means that you have a faulty fan or compressor, which can lead to problems such as overheating and ultimately your entire heat pump breaking down. In order to save yourself any problems in the long run, contact a technician to have your heat pump fixed as soon as possible.
Your Heat Pump Isn’t Releasing Cold Air
In the summer heat, lack of air conditioning is everybody’s nightmare. If your heat pump’s ability to cool your home isn’t functioning, then you’re going to be dealing with a warm home which can be highly unpleasant. Luckily, the cause for the cooling on your heat pump to be malfunctioning is typically due to something simple such as low refrigerant or a leak in the refrigerant. Regardless of the cause of the problem, it is more often than not fixed very easily by a licensed technician.
Contact Professionals if You Have Any of The Listed Problems
Although we have provided you with a list of problems, the solution to most problems require the knowledge and experience of a licensed HVAC technician. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned issues, don’t hesitate to contact our team of technicians and we will fix your heat pump as soon as possible.