• Howard Gallagher

Most Common Heat Pump Issues

Heat pumps are efficient temperature control devices. Unlike furnaces and boilers, heat pumps do not create heat. Instead, they transfer heat from one area to another. They are just as effective as air conditioners in cooling your home. Heat pumps can lower your home’s energy consumption. Here are 3 common Heat Pump Issues to look out for.


Types of Heat Pumps

There are 2 main types of heat pumps Air Source Heat Pumps and Geothermal Heat Pumps. Air Source Heat Pumps use the temperature of outside air and transfers it to inside your home. Even in lower temperatures there is still heat. In the warmer months heat pumps remove heat from your home. Geothermal Heat Pump Systems use abundant underground heat as an energy source. Typically this is below ground heat or heat from a nearby water source. Geothermal Heat Pumps reduce more household energy compared to Air Source Heat Pumps.

Heat pump not turning on

If your heat pump won’t turn on at all, it could stem from a bigger issue. An electrical problem such as a tripped breaker can mess up with your heat pump. Thermostat issues such as a miscalibration can stop your unit from working properly. Another reason can be a broken capacitor or a reverse valve. The capacitor is the part responsible for controlling the electrical current in your device. A reversing valve is the part that changes the direction of refrigerant in the heat pump. This allows the heat pump both heating and cooling capabilities.

Heat pump not heating or cooling

No one wants to experience cold air coming from your HVAC system during a cold day. If you are experiencing this then there is a deep issue with your HVAC System. Your air filter may be clogged. When your air filter is clogged , air flow is halted . Your refrigerant levels may be low and the heat pump can no longer transfer heat . Thermostat issues can prevent your unit from cooling. Lastly there may be an obstruction on top of the heat pump. This could be leaves or any type of debris. Clean your heat pump and climate control features should be restored.

Heat pump running constantly

If your unit is constantly running then it may stem from 2 reasons. Unusual weather and a broken compressor contractor. When temperatures are very low then your heat pump works constantly to transfer heat into your home. The compressor contactor controls how much energy goes to your heat pump. When it breakdowns it is possible for your heat pump to run nonstop. In such an instance the part would need to be replaced by a licensed and bonded contractor.