Troubleshoot the Heat Pump With This Checklist

Troubleshoot the Heat Pump With This ChecklistWhen summer hits, you want a properly working heat pump that will keep your Palm Beach County home feeling cool and comfortable. However, like any device, they are prone to acting up at the most inconvenient times. Here are some ways to troubleshoot the heat pump when it doesn’t seem to be working right:

  • Check the settings. Many South Florida homeowners choose heat pumps because they are the perfect cost-effective product for energy-efficient cooling and heating in our mild climate. If yours worked fine in the winter, but issues arose with the cooling system during the summer, then begin to troubleshoot the heat pump at its thermostat. Your thermostat must be set to “cooling” and the fan on “automatic”, not “on”.
  • Check the batteries. A non-working heat pump might have as simple a problem as low or dead thermostat batteries. Replace with high-performance options.
  • Check the air filter. A heat pump won’t be able to operate efficiently if its air filter is clogged with dust and other debris. You should change or clean air filters monthly during seasons they are more frequently used.
  • Keep a clean outdoors. Your outdoor compressor/condenser unit should be kept cleaned from any yard debris. A low-pressure hose can be used to wash off any hard-to-clean stuff sticking on the outdoor equipment.
  • Check the power source. Inspect your equipment’s fuse at the breaker box to ensure it’s getting the right amount of power. If the breaker keeps getting tripped, there’s an issue with either your compressor or electrical wiring. An electrician should be contacted to safely troubleshoot and resolve the issue.
  • Add refrigerant. A low refrigerant charge can decrease your equipment’s efficiency, impact working capabilities, and potentially lead to an entire system failure. Because refrigerant is hazardous, it requires sensitive handling. It’s best to contact a professional HVAC technician to test your equipment’s refrigerant levels and add more if necessary.

For more help on how to troubleshoot the heat pump when it stops working, contact your local HVAC experts at NisAir Air Conditioning. Our certified technicians serve residents throughout Stuart, the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida 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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