Having problems with your heat pump not working properly? Before you decide to pay for expensive repairs or replacement, try some do-it-yourself troubleshooting. Below are some common problems, their possible causes and solutions. Some of the solutions you can take care of yourself, though some should be reserved for a trusted HVAC professional.
Problem – Heat pump isn’t running
Possible Cause – No power
Solution – Make sure fuses are not blown or circuit breaker hasn’t tripped.
Possible Cause – Switch is off
Solution – Make sure the switch is turned on. If the breaker trips multiple times, call a professional service technician.
Possible Cause – Pump is overloaded
Solution – If the pump is overloaded, press the reset switch and wait 30 minutes. This may need to be repeated.
Possible Cause – Reversing valve is stuck
Solution – Set to emergency heat only and wait six hours. If this does not work, call a professional service technician.
Problem – Dirty coil
Solution – Remove debris from coil
Problem – Not cool or warm enough
Possible Cause – Thermostat not on the proper setting
Solution – Check thermostat and raise or lower 5 degrees
Possible Cause – Wrong thermostat was installed
Solution – Check your owner’s manual then replace with the suggested model.
Possible Cause – Dirty filter
Solution – Clean or replace filter
Possible Cause – Air distribution system
Solution – Call a professional service technician
You might also hear grinding noises or squealing sounds coming from your heat pump. These are definitely a sign there is something wrong such as the bearings being worn out. If this happens, turn off your heat pump and call a professional service technician.
Call Ibbotson Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today for more expert advice about heat pump service. We have served northwest suburban Chicago for more than 65 years.
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