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March 7, 2014

Before - On demand water heaterHave you noticed odd noises coming from your heat pump? Are you cold when you should be warm and hot when you should be cool? You’re probably experiencing one of these common heat pump problems, most of which can be fixed with a little extra TLC or a repair if necessary. But the longer you wait to schedule heat pump troubleshooting, the more severe your problems could become.

Common Heat Pump Problems

Your heat pump problems can range from something as simple as a clogged air filter to a much more complex issue with the power source and more. But the most common heat pump problems tend to throw you signals so you’ll know when troubleshooting or repairs are required. These include:

Your heat pump has frozen over.

The outdoor coils of your unit are built to maintain a temperature of 32 degrees in normal conditions. So if there’s any moisture in the air, it’s likely to freeze when it comes into contact with the cold coils. Since your heat pump has a built-in defrost cycle, it should melt away any ice that accumulates. If the ice doesn’t seem to ever go away or continues getting thicker, you will likely need repairs done by a professional; this usually signifies an error with the defrost cycle of your unit.

Your heat pump is making odd noises.

This can often be a problem related to loose connectors, so you’ll want to check all the screws to make sure they’re secure. If they are all properly in place, you’ll need to contact an HVAC specialist who can identify the source of the issue and recommend the next course of action.

The temperature is wrong.

If the temperature you’ve set doesn’t seem to match that of the rooms in your home, it’s possible your problem stems from the sensor in either the thermostat or the heat pump itself. But if you put the heat setting on and are not getting any heat at all, your issue could be much more serious. In this case, try resetting the power supply. Should nothing change, the cause could be related to an overloaded motor or failed power supply—both of which require professional service.

Heat Pump Troubleshooting

If you’re experiencing one of the common heat pump problems above, the technicians at Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating can help. And if your issue appears to be rare, we can examine the unit further to assess the cause and provide recommendations accordingly. Whether you need heat pump repair or replacement services, we’ve got you covered. We also offer regular maintenance services that can help prevent many of these issues. Call us today to schedule service in Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston areas!


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