Why Won’t My Heat Pump Heat?

Here in the Northeast, our winters are very long, and very cold. There was a time when the severity of our winter weather meant that heat pumps simply were not a reliable heating option. Because heat pumps use existing heat in the air outside in order to facilitate the heating of one’s home, extremely cold temperatures could overwhelm the system, leaving homeowners uncomfortably cold in their own homes. Today’s heat pumps, though, are much more effective at operating in very cold temperatures. Just remember that your heat pump in Springfield, VT can still run into operational problems, just like any other home heating system. If you find that your heat pump just won’t blow hot air, one of the following issues may be to blame. Contact HB Energy Solutions for your heat pump service needs.

Is Your Thermostat Set Properly?

Before you panic at the thought of a broken down heating system this time of year, remember to double-check your thermostat. It sounds obvious, but your system may simply not be set to come on at the right temperature. Perhaps you’ve set the thermostat too low for your system to be blowing very warm air, or you’ve still got the system in its cooling mode. Eliminate these potential issues before deciding that your system is in serious trouble.

Is Refrigerant Leaking?

Your heat pump is dependent upon its refrigerant cycle in order to heat your home. If your system is leaking refrigerant, then it may not have enough of the heat transfer fluid within in order to sufficiently heat air for the warming of your home. Ductless split heat pumps feed refrigerant to the various blowers throughout the house, so the refrigerant leak could be in a number of different places. We’ll find the source of the problem and resolve it entirely.

Is the Reversing Valve Compromised?

Your heat pump has a component called a reversing valve, which allows for the reversal of its operation. If this valve is stuck in place, then your system won’t be able to switch over to its heating mode. There could also be a refrigerant leak within the valve itself, in which case you’ll need to have the valve replaced.

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