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troubleshoot the heat pumpHeat pumps use the properties of natural heat movement for delivering energy-efficient cooling and heating. There are a lot of components that must work together smoothly for maximum performance. If your system has you sweating, try these heat pump troubleshooting tips to try and pinpoint the issue.

Power Supply

Heat pumps use electricity to cool and heat your Sarasota and Bradenton area home. If you can’t get the heat pump to power on, try the following heat pump troubleshooting tips:

  • Thermostat – Check the thermostat to make sure it’s in the correct mode. For cooling, adjust the setting 4 to 6 degrees below room temperature. For heating, adjust the setting to 4 to 6 degrees above room temperature.
  • Power supply – There could be a breaker problem. Check the breaker panel. If nothing seems to work, there may be a relay error or other electrical issue, which your HVAC technician should handle.

Unusual System Noises

Unusual system noises are definitely indicators that something’s wrong with the heat pump. Locating the problem can be tricky sometimes, because noises may travel through components.

  • Indoor air handler – If you hear grinding noises from the indoor air handler, turn the heat pump off. There may be a mechanical problem with the blower motor.
  • Outdoor cabinet – Ticking noises are often caused by faulty electrical contacts or an obstruction with the fan. Grinding noises may be from the outdoor blower motor or the compressor. Neither are good. Turn off the heat pump and call your HVAC technician.
  • Ductwork – Air ducts will rattle and clamor when there’s a loose connection at a duct seam or at the diffuser. Check air pressure at the diffusers. If any are weak, that may be the loose runoff. Wrap loose ducts with metal-backed tape.
  • Air filter – A clogged air filter can cause loud vibrations in the air ducts and air handler when the restriction is severe. Make sure the filter is clean and installed properly.

If these heat pump troubleshooting tips don’t get your system running again, call Aqua Plumbing & Air for more assistance. We serve homeowners in Sarasota, Bradenton and surrounding areas.

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