There are few better ways to ensure the comfort in your South Georgia home than with an air-source heat pump. But when something goes wrong with this highly efficient system, it’s important to know how to do a little heat pump troubleshooting. There are a few things homeowners can do without calling in a pro for service.
Heat Pump Troubleshooting Basics
Here are some tips for dealing with common issues:
- Does not turn on – If the heat pump isn’t turning on at all, the first thing to do is check the power source and the thermostat’s temperature setting. The temperature may need an adjustment for the unit to turn on.
- Does not heat or cool properly – This problem may also be caused by an incorrectly set thermostat. Test it by raising or lowering the temperature by at least five degrees. You should also check the air filter to see if it needs to be replaced. If the problem persists have the coils cleaned and the ducts examined for damages or leaks. Also make sure the registers are not blocked or closed.
- Freezes up or trips the breaker– Fix the breaker, then check if the registers are blocked, or if the filter is dirty.
- Not cycling properly – This may be caused by a clogged filter or malfunctioning blower, but also may signal a problem with your home’s thermostat. It may not be installed in a proper location to sample the air or may be improperly calibrated.
- Blower not operational – The heat pump’s limit switch may require adjustment. To accomplish this, you’ll want to either follow the instructions in the heat pump’s manual or contact a professional technician for the job. Another possibility is that your thermostat isn’t set to the “on” position.
- Making noises – There are a few different noises you might hear. If the motor’s bearings are shot, you’ll hear grinding or squealing. Rattling sounds can indicate loose cover panels or ductwork problems. Also, loose panels in your ductwork can be the cause of pinging or popping noises.
For more expert tips on heat pump troubleshooting, please contact the professionals at Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the needs of Nashville, as well as other communities in South Georgia and North Florida, since 1965.
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