Durham, NC, and the surrounding areas experience four seasons of weather every year. The moderate climate means your heat pump will be in use almost all year long. This constant use leads to a lot of wear and tear. Here are three common heat pump problems and how to solve them.
Dirty Air Filter
After one to two months of daily use, your heat pump’s air filter fills with dust and dirt. These particles clog the filter, which hinders airflow. The dirty air filter causes the heat pump to work harder, which leads to excessive wear and tear. The Department of Energy recommends changing the air filter monthly in order to prevent heat pump problems and lower utility costs.
The thermostat is the “brains” of your heat pump. If your heat pump isn’t cooling or heating properly, check the thermostat first. Make sure it’s set to the correct function. Verify the temperature setting. If the heat pump won’t turn on or blows the wrong temperature of air, there could be a thermostat problem. There could be a wiring problem or a calibration issue with the thermostat. A smart or programmable thermostat may need a new battery or reset of its Wi-Fi connection.
Your heat pump should cycle for a minute or two, then turn off. Unless it’s extremely hot or extremely cold outdoors, the heat pump should stay off for a while. If it shuts off and turns on almost immediately, the system could have a variety of problems. Make sure all vents in your home are open and free of debris or clutter. Check the heat pump’s condensate drain. If it’s dirty or clogged, clean it. Some other causes include a malfunctioning capacitor, motor problem or electric issue, all of which require professional heat pump service.
To learn more about common heat pump problems, check out Mitchell Heating & Cooling’s heat pump repair services, or contact us today for additional info.