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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Heating?

chilly-manThere’s nothing quite worse than a heater that won’t heat, especially during a chilly winter day!

Here in North Carolina, you depend on your heat pump to keep you and your family warm and toasty all season long, so what do you do when your’s quits?

Well, for one, you call in your local HVAC experts for heat pump repair, and two, you keep reading below! We have listed just some of the reasons why your heat pump isn’t heating. So, what are you waiting for? Click “read more” to learn more!

So, What’s Wrong with My Heat Pump?

Like we mentioned above, there are a number of reasons why your heat pump might not be working as it should. Here are a few of them:

A Clogged Air Filter

One of the first things that your HVAC technician will check for is a clogged air filter. When the filter becomes too clogged with dirt and debris, it restricts the amount of air that enters the heat pump to be heated. Air filters need to be replaced more than once a year. In fact, it is recommended that air filters are changed every 1-3 months.

Thermostat Issue

Sometimes the issue doesn’t actually lie within the heat pump itself. A faulty thermostat can be the reason why you’re not receiving the heat you want. If the thermostat is miscalibrated, the heat pump won’t run long enough to maintain the level of heat your home needs. Also, if the connection between the thermostat and the pump is broken, it is impossible to change the system over to heating mode.

Leaking Refrigerant

Heat pumps need a specific amount of refrigerant to function properly, even if it is in heating mode! During the winter, the refrigerant absorbs the heat in the surrounding air so it can heat your home. If there is a leak, then you’ll probably notice lukewarm air.

Broken Reversing Valve

The reversing valve is the mechanism that allows your heat pump to switch from cooling mode to heating mode and vice versa. If the valve becomes stuck, your system won’t be able to switch modes. An HVAC technician has the training and equipment to correctly replace the valve.

Don’t Wait to Schedule Your Repairs

If you notice any sort of problem with your heat pump, do not hesitate to call in a certified heating professional. Trust us, only a professional has the tools, training, and expertise to carefully and correctly diagnose and repair your system, the first time around.

And yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to service your system for a fairly cheap price, however, an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run! Therefore, it is always better to call in a professional! Remember, when it comes to your comfort and your budget, you don’t want to take any risks.

To schedule your heat pump repairs, or to learn more about our other heating services, contact the team at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. 



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