Feb 15 2016

heat pump

The heat pump in your Sarasota, Florida, home can perform for a long time without failing. However, like most other HVAC systems, you can start to experience problems. Learning how to do some basic troubleshooting can help you to zone in on possible causes. However, you will likely need to contact your HVAC technician for a solution.

Tips for Troubleshooting

If your heat pump is not performing as it should, it is natural for you to investigate the problem. Your system has many components, and any part can impact performance. Often, a process of elimination will help you to identify the problem:

  • Check the air filter – A clogged air filter can cause strain on the air handler, which may shut off if overheated. It can also starve the system of air to heat or cool your home. If you find the air filter clogged, change or clean it right away.
  • Verify that the unit is receiving electricity. If you find a system breaker tripped, reset and restart the system.
  • Check for damaged or disconnected wires. You may be able to reconnect wiring that has come loose, but considering that some parts are delicate and that you might not have the right tools or expertise, it is best to contact a professional. Always turn off the power supply before attempting any electrical work. Definitely contact your HVAC technician if you find damaged wiring.
  • Check your thermostat. If the thermostat needs batteries, is in the wrong location, or is faulty in any way, it will affect the heat pump.
  • Check for airflow blocks. If you find the air vents or air intakes blocked, it can affect the ability of the system to heat and cool properly. Blockages will need to be removed.

Your troubleshooting may allow you to correct the problem. If you have a major problem or can’t find the problem, be sure to contact the experts at All American Heating and Cooling. Our technicians have the skill and experience to service a variety of HVAC systems and components.

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