Common Heat Pump Problems in the Winter Season

A heat pump is a versatile device that can function both as a heating and cooling device. Just like other heating and cooling devices, a heat pump can develop issues. A malfunctioning heat pump is the last thing you want during the winter.

Here are some common heat pump issues homeowners face during the heating season from South Placer Heating & Air, residential heating repair experts in El Dorado Hills.

The Heat Pump Stops Working

If your heat pump stops working suddenly, check the circuit breaker and fuse. A tripped circuit breaker and broken fuse are two of the most common causes why heat pumps stop working.

If the pump does not start working after you reset the fuse and the circuit breaker or the circuit breaker keeps tripping, contact your HVAC contractor.

Draining Issues 

Drainage issues can affect the performance of your heat pump or even cause it to shut down. Check your heat pump regularly for signs of drainage problems such as leaking and dripping. Make sure your heat pump is placed on a sturdy surface.

Keep the heat pump around 4-8 inches off the ground. Ensure to clean the coils regularly and keep them dry. Change the filters every 30-90 days.

Your Heat Pump Blows Cold Air

If your heat pump is blowing cold air, check whether the thermostat is set to the cool setting. Inspect the system for refrigerant leaks. If the coolant level is too low or you notice a leak, schedule a professional inspection.

A detailed inspection may reveal serious problems with the coolant lines or the outdoor unit. Whatever be the problem, your contractor will get to its root cause and eliminate it.

Blocked Coils

Blocked coils are a recipe for disaster. They can cause airflow issues, forcing your heat pump to work harder than usual. Blocked coils also allow moisture and condensation to collect. When this happens, the overall efficiency of your unit decreases.

To prevent airflow and performance issues, keep the area surrounding the coils clear.

Unusual Noises

A loud annoying noise coming from your heat pump can indicate a problem. Check the hardware components and tighten them if required. Weird sounds such as grinding or squealing could mean a more serious problem such as a faulty compressor or worn-out motor bearings. In this case, contact a HVAC professional immediately.

South Placer Heating and Air offers end-to-end heating and cooling solutions. Whether you need residential heating repair in El Dorado Hillsor need help deciding if your heating system is too old and needs replacement, reach out to our experts. We will help you make informed decisions to cut your cooling and heating costs. To talk to one of our professionals, call (916) 246-2089.