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When the Heat Pump Gives You a Problem, Follow These Guidelines

September 16, 2014 | Blog

The weather here in South Texas is likely to keep your heat pump in the cooling mode for a good while longer, so knowing what to do if your unit develops any problems can keep you cool while minimizing the costs of operating and maintaining your HVAC system.

Heat pumps work on the simple principle of moving indoor heat outdoors in summer while they move outdoor heat to warm your living spaces during the winter months. Understanding the basics of how your heat pump functions can help you make appropriate decisions about how to troubleshoot should any problems arise.

Numerous simple tasks will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and can correct many common problems.  The following can be completed by many homeowners:

  • Regular changing of your system’s air filter; this alone will immediately increase the efficiency of your HVAC system while improving your indoor air quality (IAQ).
  • Checking and cleaning of your heat pump, including the compressor, coil, fans and additional machinery. A narrow vacuum hose works well to remove dust and debris from small spaces.
  • Checking that your heat pump is level and making any adjustments necessary.
  • Careful checking of the thermostat’s settings; most units require the homeowner to select between “heat” and “cool” modes and may provide the option of turning blower fans on or off.

When none of the above guidelines help you return your pump to efficient operation, its time to contact a professional who can perform a more detailed analysis on your HVAC system.

If you live in the Coastal Bend region of Southern Texas and would like help with any home comfort issue, contact the friendly folks at Constantly Concerned About Customers (Mathews CCAC Inc.). We have been serving homeowners for decades!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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