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2 Reasons Why A Heat Pump Might Not Be Turning To Heating Mode

September 2nd, 2015

There might be nothing worse than finding out that nothing happens as soon as you switch your heat pump from cool mode to heat mode. This is especially true when you run out of blankets to pile on at night!

Before you pick up the phone and call a heating company, it might be wise to determine what could be causing this problem. Therefore, for those who find themselves without any hot air, here are two reasons why your heat pump might not be working:

The thermostat is not the right temperature.

Before you even assume there is a major issue, one of the things you should check immediately is the thermostat. Just like every other component of your heat pump and system, the thermostat can break or malfunction. In fact, wires can breakdown or corrode. However, in some cases it might be that you did not program the thermostat correctly. So, before you pick up the phone and call a company screaming and yelling, check to see if the thermostat is set to the temperature you want.

There is not enough refrigerant, or it is leaking.

To work properly, a heat pump needs a certain amount of refrigerant. It also needs it whether it is in air conditioning or heating mode. So, if there is an inadequate supply of refrigerant, this could very well be the reason your heat pump is not switching to heating mode. Also, besides the refrigerant running out, it could also very well be MIA. This means that there might be a leak somewhere in your unit. If you suspect there is, finding the exact location of the leak will be difficult.

If the thermostat is at the temperature you want, and the refrigerant is all there and it still doesn’t turn on, now it’s time to call a professional to perform an evaluation.

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