There’s never a convenient time for your heat pump to stop cooling your house. The blisteringly hot summer days in Avon Park, FL, are no exception to this statement. Let’s talk about three common issues with your heat pump that can affect its cooling ability.
A very common cause of heat pump problems is a malfunctioning thermostat. It simply may not be able to tell your unit that it’s time for some cool air. If your thermostat was recently changed, whether the old one broke or it was time for an update, it could be the problem.
The device needs to be the right type and have the correct wiring. A thermostat with improper wiring can damage electronic components. We can help you choose the best thermostat and install it properly.
Not Enough Power
Your unit will cycle through periods of on and off. If the unit doesn’t cycle on for more than an hour, there’s likely a problem. This could be due to a lack of power.
Some, but not all, units connect to a power switch that needs to stay flipped on. There are also two circuit breakers to protect the system from an excessive power surge that can get tripped. In addition, your unit may also have old wiring that needs replacement.
Lack of Maintenance
Like many things, maintenance is an important part of taking care of your system. If it gets dirty, clogged or neglected, it won’t work properly. This could cause the heat pump to turn on too often or off completely.
Be sure to change the filters so they don’t become too dirty and clog. Some filters are washable and reusable. Also, check that the unit is clear of debris including grass clippings, leaves and pine needles.
Rattling, grinding and squealing noises are signs that the unit needs a maintenance check. We’re here to service your unit, check refrigerant levels and more. Call Miller’s Central Air, Inc. for heat pump services.
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