Winter Heat Pump Troubleshooting 101

Winter Heat Pump Troubleshooting 101

Your heating pump will be working overtime now that winter is here. However, there are many problems that can happen due to the extreme cold that may cause your heat pump to stop working. Fortunately, we have some troubleshooting solutions available for you that will help you fix it should something happen.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a mechanical-compression type of refrigeration system that can either heat or cool a space of your choice. The heat pump acts as a transporter that constantly moves warm air to one place or another in your household or outdoor garage. However, heat pumps can become damaged during the winter time and prevent you from warming your house when it becomes dangerously cold outside.

How Long Do Heat Pumps Last?

While there is no definitive answer on how long a heat pump can last for, 15 years is the average life expectancy if nothing happens to it externally or internally. However, as we mentioned before, the cold can affect the heat pump and cause it to crack in certain places. This will prevent the transfer of heat altogether and leave you freezing during the coldest months of the year.

Common Issues With Heat Pumps

Here are some common issues that heat pump owners will experience at one point or another in their lifetime.

  • Heat is not distributing properly.
  • The outdoor unit is frozen.
  • Your heat pump systems are constantly running.
  • Air is not being delivered.

Though these issues are common, there are also other issues that can be solved relatively easy.

Making Noise

Normally, your heat pump making noises isn’t the end of the world. It is more than likely that the pump is simply going into defrost mode. Make sure to monitor the heat pump and see anything changes during this time.

Icing Issues

Your heat pump will know when to switch over to defrost mode if too much ice builds up. However, this function is not kicking in and it is becoming frozen. Defrosting problems can be associated with faulty relates and broken sensors. You will need to call an expert to repair this if this is the case.

Another common issue is that your heat pump is leaking water. Clogged drains can cause your heat pump to fix. Declogging them is key to ensuring that they don’t drip water anymore. Dripping water can cause more problems down the line if you don’t remedy them immediately.

Running Constantly

One of the most common reasons for your heat pump to run constantly is if your thermostat is set too low. Another reason would be a poorly insulated house with potential air leaks. Check your thermostat to ensure that all the settings are correct so your electric bill doesn’t go through the roof.

Blowing Cold Air

A common reason for your heat pump to blow cold air is because it is in defrost mode. Give it some time to defrost first before attempting to troubleshoot for potential problems. However, if it continues to blow cold air you will need to contact the professionals for help.

Let The Professionals Help You

Though there are always DIY options you can perform at home, you don’t want to risk breaking anything. Especially when we’re experiencing the coldest months of the year. Let Farnen and Dermer help you. We provide service for all heat pump pieces and can keep you warm during the winter. Give us a call at 410-846-0267 to schedule your professional consultation today.