Those who live in other regions of the country may think that Sacramento has near-perfect weather, but you know that it can sizzle in the summer and gets close to freezing in the winter. Just as cooling and heating systems are needed in Buffalo and St. Louis, they’re crucial to home comfort here. If you rely on a heat pump for cooling and heating, it’s important to keep your system running, and if a problem develops, you want to get it up again as quickly as possible. Chances are, you’ll need a technician. But before you call for professional help, you can try a few basic troubleshooting tips.
- Check the registers in various rooms, and make sure they’re open.
- Take a look at the air filter. A dirty filter can cause the unit to cycle improperly. Change the filter if it’s dirty, and see if this does the trick. If it doesn’t, you may have a problem with the blower.
- Switch the thermostat to “fan only,” and listen for the sound of the blower starting up. If you do not hear it, suspect a power issue.
- Verify that the power switch is set to the “on” position.
- Examine your home’s electrical supply panel, looking for a tripped circuit breaker that should be reset.
- Try the reset switch on the heat pump to see if that solves the problem.
- Switch the thermostat back to “heat,” and verify that the set point on the thermostat is at least three degrees higher than the room’s temperature.
- Ensure that no power panels have been removed from the heat pump; they should all be firmly attached.
If these suggestions don’t get your heat pump running again, call in the experts. At All Year, we have more than 30 years of experience in servicing, maintaining and installing heat pumps and other HVAC systems. We’re happy to help you with any of your cooling and heating issues.
Our goal is to help educate our customers 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.