Four Common Heat Pump Issues, Explained

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Even Florida’s balmy climate can go on vacation during the winter months, and many Sunshine State residents find themselves reaching for the thermostat when temperatures dip into jacket weather. If you find that your furnace is constantly cycling on and off or just doesn’t seem to be getting your home as warm as it normally does, you may be facing a heat pump problem.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump works by extracting heat from a cold area (like outside, or—as with a geothermal heat pump—through water-bearing pipes buried in the ground) and transferring it inside. Heat pumps use compressors to convert this air into heat that can then be pumped through your air vents.

What Are Some Common Heat Pump Issues?

In general, if your heat pump isn’t working correctly, the root cause will usually be (1) thermostat problems; (2) a malfunctioning or worn-out blower motor; (3) frozen or dirty condenser coils; or (4) a dirty filter.

Thermostat Issues

Your thermostat gauge is what triggers your heat pump to kick on and off. A malfunctioning thermostat can lead the pump to run when it shouldn’t (or not run when it should), causing extra wear and tear and harming its overall efficiency. With your thermostat not able to correctly gauge the air temperature, your unit will not know when to turn on and warm your home.

Blower Motor Problems

When your blower motor isn’t working correctly, it can’t move the hot air from your furnace through your vents. This can make it seem like your heat pump isn’t producing enough warm air, and if the heat doesn’t have anywhere to escape, it can put additional strain on your unit.

Condenser Troubles

Over time, your heat pump’s condenser coils—the refrigerant-filled coils that suck heat from cold air—can freeze up or begin to leak refrigerant, leaving your heat pump unable to produce the level of heat you need. You can help prevent certain condenser problems by making sure the area around your heat pump is well-ventilated and free from debris.

Dirty Air Filters

Your HVAC system has built-in air filters that ensure the air being pumped through your vents is clean and free from debris. Over time, dust, dirt, and allergens will build up in these filters, and if you don’t change them regularly, it can make it tough for warm air to get through.

Your Jacksonville Heat Pump Repair Options

Whether you’re overdue for a cleaning and filter check or need to schedule a repair appointment, A/C Designs is at your service. As a leading heating and air conditioning company serving Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, we take home comfort seriously and provide a variety of solutions to ensure your home’s HVAC equipment is well taken care of. If you suspect your heat pump or any other component of your heating and cooling system may be under distress, contact us today to schedule an inspection.

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