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Heat Pump Problems: Troubleshooting Some Common Issues

heat pump problems Middlesex or Norfolk County, MA

A heat pump can be an efficient and versatile heating and cooling solution for your Middlesex or Norfolk County, MA home – but only if it’s functioning properly.

Here are a few common issues that can crop up with a heat pump, and what to do about them before contacting us for a heat pump repair.

Common Heat Pump Problems

Problem 1: Your heat pump doesn’t run at all.
If your heat pump doesn’t run at all,

  • Check the thermostat settings – Make sure your thermostat is set for “heat,” or for the target temperature to cool your home. Set the thermostat for at least five degrees above (for heating) or below (for cooling) your room’s current temperature to make sure the system engages.
  • Check your circuit breakers – Reset any tripped circuit breakers that supply power to the unit. If the breaker continues to trip, you will need to call for service.
  • Make sure all power switches are turned on – Make sure any wall switches that affect operation of the heating pump are in the “on” position.

Problem 2: Your home isn’t as warm or cool as it should be.
If your house is warmer or colder than you think it should be,

  • Check the thermostat settings – See Problem 1 above.
  • Make sure vents are clear – Make sure that air is free to flow throughout your house.
  • Clean or replace your air filter – Clogged filters can make it more difficult for a heat pump blower’s to distribute air. If your heat pump filter is dirty, change it following manufacturer’s instructions.

Problem 3: Your heat pump turns on and off too frequently.
When a heat pump cycles (turns on and off) more frequently than you think it should,

  • Clean or replace the heat pump filter – See Problem 2 above (a clogged filter can cause your heat pump to overheat, causing erratic cycling);
  • Check the thermostat settings – See Problem 1 above.

Need heat pump service in central MA? We can help. If your heat pump problems can’t be fixed, Needham can provide a FREE, no-obligation estimate on a high-efficiency heat pump installation to keep you comfortable all year long.

Contact us today to learn more!