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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Heating?

dog-under-blanketIf you own a heat pump, then you know how truly awesome these systems are! Not only are they super-efficient and effective, but they’re also great for keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Of course, you didn’t install your heat pump with the intention of just using it for cooling, so if yours no longer seems like it wants to provide you with heat, it’s definitely a cause for concern. Fortunately, our team is great at dealing with all sorts of heat pump problems, and its quite likely we know what’s going on.

There are a number of reasons why your heat pump might not be heating as it should, and below, we have outlined a few of them for you. Just keep reading to find out more (and yes, remember to schedule your heating repair in Stamford, CT with our team!)

What’s the Problem?

There are a number of issues that can lead to a lack of heat from your heat pump:

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. We recommend changing your air filter every 1-3 months!

Thermostat Troubles

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 definitely notice a lack of warm 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. Fortunately, a certified HVAC technician has the training and equipment to correctly replace the valve.

You Need Professional Repairs

If your heat pump doesn’t seem to want to cooperate this winter, do not hesitate to call in a certified HVAC professional for repairs. Only a certified pro has the tools, knowledge, and expertise to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your system, the first time around.

And sure, there may be plenty of amateurs ready to take your call, but remember, an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. That’s why it’s always better to call in a pro—when it comes to your comfort and your budget, you don’t want to take any risks!

Be sure to schedule your heating repairs with the team at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. 

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