5 Ways to Perform Heat Pump Troubleshooting on Your Own

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A heat pump is a powerful piece of equipment when it comes to remaining cool and comfortable in Phoenix, Arizona. At the same time, it also provides you with convenient gusts of heat during a chilly desert evening. While most of our customers purchase heat pumps to aid their air conditioners during the summertime, they actually provide an added level of efficiency throughout the year. Because of this, everyone that installs one should know the basics of heat pump troubleshooting.

The fact of the matter is, you’re going to notice a significant difference with your HVAC system if the heat pump isn’t heating or cooling at a high level. When it’s not functioning as it should, more energy is required to cool or heat the property. With that being said, there are several heat pump troubleshooting tips that’ll help you diagnose the problem. Keep in mind, however, that most major issues are going to require professional repair.

Troubleshooting Heat Pumps

If you happen to stumble across the problem with your heat pump, it’s not wise to try to fix it on your own. Most heating and cooling systems are extremely complex and one minor error can result in a number of expenses. While this article gives you a good idea of where to look, don’t mistake this as a DIY job. Aside from preventing further damage, your safety is also a priority at Canyon State AC, Heating and Plumbing.

1. Consider Seasonal Settings.

Before you go overboard with heat pump troubleshooting tactics, it’s important that you read the manual. Depending on your HVAC system, you may need to switch modes between heating and cooling months. Because of the climate in Phoenix, most property owners don’t need to use their 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.

Since navigating the technology can be confusing, all of our HVAC technicians perform an inspection during annual tune-ups. When you hire a professional to troubleshoot your heat pump between the heating and cooling seasons, it keeps your equipment in great shape and prepared to handle the change in weather. During your maintenance visit, we’ll make sure the system is properly set and fully functioning.

2. Safely Check Your Fuses.

When your heat pump stops working entirely, it’s fairly common that a power issue is the root of the problem. One of the first things you should do is check your fuses or circuit breakers for a shortage of electricity. 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. You can simply run up to your local hardware or electrical supply store for the part.

At the same time, when it comes to power shortages, you should always anticipate the problem being more severe. If your heat pump continues to blow breakers or fuses, then an electrical problem needs to be addressed. Since fires and other dangers can occur, we highly recommend calling an electrician for help.

3. Look for Ice From Refrigerant.

If you notice ice on your heat pump during the hot summer months in Phoenix, then there’s a problem with the system. While it may seem like a simple defrosting process, professional service is imminent. Low refrigerant is a common cause of icing and it’s not something you want to handle on your own. Remember these are only heat pump troubleshooting tips. Trying to save the say isn’t worth the damage that’ll probably ensue.

Refrigerant is a hazardous substance and should only be managed by experienced heating and cooling technicians. If you’ve been told you need to regularly charge your refrigerant, we’re here to tell you that’s a myth. In a functioning air conditioning system, the refrigerant circulates continuously. It is never used up and if it needs recharging, then there is a leak.

Some other causes of frozen over AC systems are dirty air filters or dusty coils. Aside from blocking clean air flow, this prevents your HVAC equipment from maintaining the proper temperature. As a result, the process gets too cold. You can change the filter yourself, but other problems are better handled by HVAC contractors.

4. Inspect Your Thermostat.

Over the years we’ve found that trouble with the heat pump sometimes has nothing to do with the system itself. The problem may lie at your thermostat. It’s always a good day when heat pump troubleshooting ends with a simple solution. If your thermostat isn’t reading the temperature correctly, your heat pump isn’t going to receive the proper signal to power on or off when you need it to.

This is something you can easily figure out on your own when the thermostat’s readings don’t match the current temperatures in the home or business. However, there are other malfunctions that may cause the thermostat to stop communicating with your heat pump. While you could probably figure out the root of the cause, giving one of our technicians a call will help you get to the bottom of the issue quickly.

5. Analyze the Property’s 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 HVAC 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. Like most of the required repairs we’ve discussed, this is also not a job you can do yourself.

If the thermostat and heat pump settings are correct but you’re not getting the airflow you need, you need someone to properly inspect the entire system. This is where DIY heat pump troubleshooting comes in handy. Describing the problem when you make the appointment will help your technician know what to expect before they arrive.

Canyon State Knows Heat Pump Troubleshooting

If your heat pump isn’t working as it should and these 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 heat pump problems and provide you with the repairs you need to restore comfort to your residential or commercial property as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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