If you just bought a new home, it's a good idea to learn as much about the maintenance as possible. For major repair issues, you should contact a professional. However, learning how to troubleshoot minor problems can save you time and money. If your new home has a heat pump, it's easy to learn how to troubleshoot operating problems. Here are some common problems you might face with your heat pump.
Frost On The Coil
Your heat pump has two coils attached to it. One is an outdoor coil and the other is an indoor coil. Frost will build up on the outside coil during the winter, and on the inside coil during the summer.
Excessive amounts of frost can signify a problem with the filter, or with the airflow sensing tube. If excessive frost continues to be a problem after you change the filter, you should contact your repair technician, such as United Heating Cooling and Plumbing Inc.
Odd Odors Upon Start Up
When your heat pump is functioning properly, there shouldn't be any odors during start up. If your heat pump starts smelling when it cycles on, you may have a dirty drip pan. The drip pan is located under the heat pump and is responsible for collecting the condensation. Clean the drip pan and check to make sure that the pump is draining properly.
Not Enough Hot Air
If you're heat pump is keeping you warm during normally cold weather but fails to keep you warm during extremely cold weather, you might have the wrong size unit for your home. To compensate for the lack of hot air, try closing vents in rooms that you're not using. If that doesn't take care of the problem, you may need to consider having a larger unit installed in your home.
Frequent Cycling On And Off
If you're noticing that your heat pump is cycling on and off more often than it should, you may have a problem with your thermostat. If your thermostat is battery operated, try changing batteries. If that doesn't fix the problem, you should contact your repair technician.
Your thermostat may need to be adjusted. If your thermostat is an older model, you may want to consider replacing it with a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will help improve your homes energy efficiency.
Now that you've bought your new home, learning how to troubleshoot problems with your heat pump will help when it comes time to call the repair technician. Follow this simple guide whenever you experience problems with your heat pump.