Why Your Heat Pump Doesn't Seem Like It's Working Properly


Do you use a heat pump to keep your home warm, and you've discovered that it has suddenly stopped making hot air? Heat pumps are quite unique because they blow warm air at variable temperatures. It does this by taking the heat found outside the home and blowing it inside, with it even able to extract heat in cold weather. However, it can get to a point where the appliance stops working. Here are some reasons why it could not be working.

The Temperature Outside Is Too Cold

One reason why you may have trouble with your heat pump is that it is too cold to operate. Heat pumps do not work great in regions of the country where the temperature drops down to sub-zero temperatures. While it may have seemed like the heat pump was working well in the fall, it not be able to keep up in the winter.

The Temperature Of The Air Feels Cooler

The other thing to know about heat pumps is that the temperature of the air they produce does vary, and you may think that it isn't working properly when it actually is. The heat coming from a heat pump is relative to your body, and if it feels cooler than it did in the fall, that is completely normal. However, a heat pump that produces air that is cooler can still heat your home quite well. Don't be concerned about the temperature of the air coming out of the heat pump, if the temperature of your home and the overall comfort is fine.

The Heat Pump Runs Constantly

You should also know that particularly cold temperatures will cause your heat pump to work around the clock to keep your home at your specified temperature. If this is the case, your heat pump may need some additional help to heat your home to a comfortable temperature. This may be a time to actually turn on additional sources of emergency heat, such as space heaters or an electric furnace. If the temperature outside is too cold, you will need a bit more than the heat pump to get your home to a comfortable temperature.

If you actually have a heat pump that is not working and isn't blowing air at all, then something is really wrong with it that will need professional help. Call an HVAC technician in your area for their assistance. For more information about heat pump repair, contact a local professional.


7 December 2020

Cool off Your AC Bill

Every summer, I agonized over energy bills that would shoot into the stratosphere as a result of my efforts to keep cool in the heat. Every time I turned the temperature down, my bills increased. This summer, I decided to take some of the control over my energy bill back. I installed reflective film on my windows that reduced the amount of light and heat coming into the house. I started serving more cold meals or asking my husband to barbecue outside, so that my air conditioner didn't have to compete with the hot stove, and I started doing laundry at night to reduce appliance heat in the house at peak times. I also had ceiling fans installed. So far, the difference in my bill has been tremendous. This blog is a way for me to explore other ways to reduce energy drain during the summer months.