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Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Heating Your House

heating-cooling-homesOne of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is that it can work as two different types of comfort systems. During hot weather, it works just like a standard air conditioning system. When the weather turns colder, the heat pump can switch over to working as a heater. Essentially, the function of the two coils switches so the heat pump draws heat from outside and brings it inside.

But what if your heat pump is turned to heating mode, but your home is either not getting warm enough, or it’s not getting warm at all. Let’s take a look at what might be happening, because there are a number of different possibilities. In many cases, you may need to schedule heating repair in Edison, NJ for the heat pump.

A clogged air filter

The first thing you should check when your heat pump begins to struggle with delivering warmth is the air filter for the HVAC cabinet. If the filter is clogged up with dust and lint because it hasn’t been changed in many months, it restricts how much air enters the heat pump to be heated. Change out the filter for a new one to see if this solves the comfort problem. Remember to keep up with changing the filter every 1 to 3 months.

The heat pump isn’t right for your house

If this is the first winter you’ve had with your heat pump, you may be discovering that the system is the wrong size to deliver warmth or a heat pump isn’t the best choice for your home’s heating needs. This is why you need to work with experienced professionals to ensure you have the best HVAC system. A heat pump isn’t ideal for all homes and climates, and in some cases it’s better to have a dual fuel system, which is a heat pump combined with a backup furnace.

The reversing valve is broken

The reversing valve is responsible for switching the heat pump between heating and cooling modes. The valve controls which direction the refrigerant moves after leaving the compressor. If the valve becomes stuck, it will mean a heat pump that can’t switch to one mode or the other. If you aren’t getting any heat from your heat pump, it may be the fault of a broken reversing valve. Professionals can replace the valve to fix this.

Faulty thermostat

Any trouble with comfort from a heat pump could be coming from issues with the thermostat. A miscalibrated thermostat can mean the heat pump won’t run long enough to maintain the level of warmth you want. The thermostat could also lose its connection to the reversing valve, making it impossible to change the system over to heating mode.

Blocked outdoor unit

It’s a good idea to clear off snow from the outside unit so it can effectively draw heat from the outdoor air. If snow builds up against the cabinet, it can completely block the unit from pulling in any heat at all. (Also, if moisture gets inside the cabinet, it can lead to corrosion that will seriously damage the heat pump.)

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