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Most Common Heat Pump Problems

October 15 / 2021

Most Common Heat Pump Problems

Your heating unit is a complex system that serves a very simple purpose. Though the heating unit simply heats your living space, the parts that make up the system are multipart and intricate. A fault in one part of the unit is sometimes enough for the whole thing to malfunction. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero, we will go over some of the most common heat pump problems and potential culprits. If you need help with the inspection or repair, then feel free to call Rooter Hero to speak with a live representative. We are happy to schedule an appointment or have a technician dispatched as soon as possible.

The Unit Is Not Turning On

Let’s start with the most worrying problem, and that is a heat pump that will not turn on at all. If your unit is not powering on, then investigate these common causes:

  • This might sound silly, but it must be done. Make sure the unit is plugged in and that the respective circuit breaker is not tripped. If the circuit breaker is tripped and you switch it back into the "on" position only for it to trip again, then there may be an electrical issue with your heat pump or the wiring. You should contact a HVAC professional or electrician to resolve such issues.
  • Next, check the thermostat to ensure it is set correctly. If the thermostat is at the correct level, then the thermostat itself might be faulty or the issue might be something else.
  • Finally, the issue might be with the starter capacitor. If you hear clicking noise coming from the heat pump that won’t turn on, then the problem is likely a broken starter capacitor.

The Unit Is Not Heating

What good is a heat pump that won’t heat? Fortunately, the common issues are simple to resolve. If these do not do the trick, then call Rooter Hero to have a qualified technician take a detailed look:

Make sure the unit is not clogged with leaves, stems, dirt, ice, and other obstructions. Blockages can force the unit to work in overdrive, which sometimes won’t be enough to get the unit to heat.
More specifically, you should check the air filter. This component should be changed once every two to three months. An air filter with too much dirt and debris can strain the unit and prevent heating.

The Unit Is Not Cooling

Some heat pumps are also designed to offer cooling. If your unit is not cooling, then check the thermostat and refrigerant:

Make sure the thermostat is set to cool.
The refrigerant in your heat pump is not going to last forever. Eventually, you have to charge the heat pump.

HVAC Replacement and Repair Is One Call Away

If your heat pump is giving you frequent problems, then it might be time to call in an HVAC technician. Rooter Hero is proud to provide quick, reliable, and affordable heating replacement and heating repair. Call now to speak with a live representative.