A heat pump is a powerful tool for home comfort. It can help you get a little kick of heat in the mild Sun City West, Arizona, winters, and offer excellent cooling during sweltering summers. If your heat pump isn’t functioning as it should, there are several troubleshooting tips to help you diagnose the problem. Keep in mind, however, that most major issues will require professional repair. Don’t approach heat pump service as a DIY job, as you may end up doing more damage to the unit than good.

Consider Seasonality

Depending on your system, you may need to switch modes between heating and cooling months. In our climate, you won’t often need to use your heat pump for heating, so it’s important to make sure you’ve adjusted the settings properly when heating season rolls around. If your heat pump is struggling to switch from cooling mode to heating mode, resetting it may resolve the problem.

This is something that our technicians can check during your annual tune-up. Have your heat pump inspected between heating and cooling seasons to make sure it’s in good shape and ready for the change in weather ahead. During your maintenance visit, we’ll make sure the system is properly set and fully functioning so you’re getting the comfort you need.

Check Your Fuses

If your heat pump stops working entirely, one of the first things you should do is check your fuses or circuit breakers. If you’ve blown a fuse or circuit breaker, this is a relatively easy fix that doesn’t require service for the heat pump itself. If your heat pump is blowing the breaker or fuses frequently, however, there is an electrical problem that needs attention.

Look for Ice

If you notice ice on your heat pump in the hot summer months, there’s a problem with the system that requires professional repair. Low refrigerant is a common cause of icing, and something you should never approach as a DIY job. Refrigerant is a hazardous substance and should be left to the professionals. It’s a myth that you should have to regularly charge your refrigerant. In a functioning system, the refrigerant circulates continuously. It’s never used up, so if it needs recharging, there’s a leak.

Your system may also freeze over if the filter is too dirty or the coils are covered with dust. This prevents it from maintaining the proper temperature, so things can get too cold. You can change the filter yourself, but other tasks are better handled by our technicians.

Inspect Your Thermostat

In many cases, trouble with the heat pump really has nothing to do with the system itself. The problem may lie at your thermostat. If your thermostat isn’t reading the temperature correctly, your heat pump won’t get the proper signal to turn on or off when you need it to.

You may be able to tell on your own if the thermostat’s readings aren’t accurate regarding the current temperatures in the home. However, there are other malfunctions that may cause the thermostat to stop communicating with your heat pump. Give our technicians a call to get to the bottom of the issue.

Check for Air Flow

If you can hear your system running but you don’t feel any airflow, there’s likely a problem with the blower or belt. If the system does have air-flow coming from it, but it’s not the right temperature or it’s too weak, the auxiliary heating elements may not be working. These are not DIY jobs. If the thermostat and heat pump settings are correct but you’re not getting the airflow you need, it’s time to call a professional. Describing the problem when you make the appointment will help your technician know what to expect.

If your heat pump isn’t working as it should and minor home adjustments don’t do the trick, give Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing a call at 623-201-5118 for prompt service. We’ll diagnose your problems and provide you with the heat pump repairs you need to restore comfort to your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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