Does your heat pump feel like it isn’t blowing enough warm air? If so, don’t ignore this — low heat pump output is a sign of one or more problems that could result in high energy consumption and a shorter service life. In today’s post, local heating repair company M&M discusses how to troubleshoot a heat pump that’s not heating properly.
Heat Pump Troubleshooting
Knowing some basic HVAC troubleshooting steps can help you resolve many common HVAC problems and save you from having to schedule an HVAC service call. Since heat pumps are basically reverse air conditioners, the following can also apply to air conditioners with the same problem.
Reset the thermostat. A faulty thermostat can lead to a miscommunication between it and the heat pump. Resetting the thermostat to its factory settings and replacing the batteries will often resolve the issue. You’ll also want to try setting the temperature a few degrees higher and checking to see if the heat pump responds before returning it to the usual setting. Reprogramming the thermostat schedule can be a little bit inconvenient, but this is a small thing compared to increased wear on your heat pump or a higher energy bill.
Change the air filters. The air filter in a furnace or heat pump traps impurities like dust and mold, and usually needs to be replaced every three months. Air filters that are filled to capacity can obstruct the flow of air in your heat pump and result in reduced heating output. Fortunately, air filters can easily be replaced — that is, without the need for an appointment with your HVAC service technician.
Inspect the outdoor unit. You’re not expected to perform repairs on your heat pump, but it does help to check the outdoor unit for signs that may indicate a problem. Keep an eye out for leaking refrigerant lines or grinding noises coming from the unit. If you notice these problems, make an appointment with your HVAC service technician.
Keep Up With HVAC Maintenance
Many kinds of HVAC problems, including low output, can be avoided by simply keeping up with the system’s maintenance requirements. You should expect to make two appointments every year: one for your heating system before winter, and another for your air conditioner before summer. While there are costs involved with these appointments, they can help prolong your HVAC system’s service life, prevent potentially expensive repairs and reduce the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns. If your heat pump has an active warranty, regular maintenance will help prevent voided coverage.