If your heat pump does not heat or cool properly, freezes up, or cycles off and on too frequently, this article can help. Following is step-by-step advice for troubleshooting typical heat pump problems and DIY heat pump repairs. Here we will deal with heat pump power problems; freezing up; improper heating, cooling, and cycling; blower issues; noises; and more. If these simple repair techniques don’t work, have a heat pump repair technician (go to HomeAdvisor) check out your system.
Check your fuse box and make sure that your breaker is not flipped. If the breaker has been tripped, then no power will go to your system. Once you have switched it back on, check that there is power going to your thermostat, air handle, and outdoor HVAC unit. If you notice your breakers tripping regularly, then you may need to contact a qualified electrician.
Start with your utility company; they can help a great deal. Comparing previous bills isn't always a good measure, as the weather is never exactly the same month to month. Instead, if you take your energy bill and divide it by the square footage of livable space in your home, don't count areas like unfinished garages or basements -- you can calculate how much you are spending to heat or cool each square foot of your home. Your energy provider can tell you what the average cost per square foot is in your region for that same period of time so you can compare apples to apples.
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Be cautious with companies that offer “whole house air duct cleaning,” urges the NADCA. The company may be using unscrupulous tactics to upsell you once they get started. Before any work begins, always clarify in writing what the job entails and what the cost will be. To protect yourself against fraud, read customer reviews and verify that your HVAC cleaning service has applicable licenses and certifications.
If your AC doesn’t turn off when room temperature reaches the temperature set on the thermostat, the problem is generally occurring either at the thermostat or in the electrical system that runs the outside condensing unit. You can use the AC’s circuit breaker to shut off the unit, but that should not be a permanent solution—circuit breakers are not designed to be used like light switches.
Ductwork pinging or popping. If you hear a pinging or popping sound coming from metal ductwork, this may be caused by thermal expansion or by air blowing past a loose flap of metal. Track along the duct runs, listening for the sound. If you find it, make a small dent in the sheet metal to provide a more rigid surface that’s less likely to move as it heats and cools.
Check to see if your air filter needs to be replaced. When is the last time you examined your air filter? It can quickly accumulate dirt and particles (especially if you have pets) that make your machine work harder than it is designed, which can lead to system malfunction. Make note of the size (typically height x width in inches) when you order replacement filters. It’s often a good idea to have a set of back up filters on hand.
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When your heating or cooling system finally breaks, it’s not usually during convenient office hours or in mild weather. Your HVAC unit has to work harder during extreme conditions like a sweltering summer day or freezing winter night, so it is much more likely to fail during those times. R.S. Andrews has our customers’ safety and comfort as our priority, so we offer service 24 hours a day for emergencies. No matter when your equipment fails, you can count on us for 24-hour AC repair and heating repair!
I just finished fixing some skylights on my parent's house. They had the bubble type that started leaking after the roof was resurfaced. After investigating it carefully, it became apparent that when the roof was resurfaced, the edges of the skylight were covered with a sealant. (To help prevent leaks perhaps?)The problem was that this coating sealed up the weep slots along the perimeter of the aluminum frame. These slots are key to proper operation of the skylight. The skylight dome isn't sealed to the aluminum frame. The frame is designed with channels that direct any water that manages to flow between the bubble and the frame back out through weep holes.Make sure those weep holes are clear! They can be blocked by dirt, ice, or a well-intentioned roofer.
If the unit isn't turning on, check on it outside to make sure the condenser is still running. It should be fully plugged in and the thermostat should be set. Lower the thermostat by a few more degrees than your typical setting. You should hear it power on after doing so. If that doesn't take care of the problem, check your fuse box. You could have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit that's causing the air conditioner to not turn on.
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This type of furnace is fueled by liquid propane gas, which is burned to push hot air through your home. A pilot light ignites the burners within a combustion chamber, which push heat into the heat exchanger and eventually through your entire home. Repairing this type of furnace can be more expensive than its electric alternative. For example here are some common propane gas repairs and their costs:
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Reinstall the access panel and disconnect block. Turn on the circuit breaker and furnace switch. Then set the thermostat to a lower temperature and wait for the AC to start (see “Be Patient at Startup,” below). The compressor should run and the condenser fan should spin. If the compressor starts but the fan doesn’t, the fan motor is most likely shot. Shut off the power and remove the screws around the condenser cover. Lift the cover and remove the fan blade and motor (photo 7). Reinstall the blade and secure the cover. Then repower the unit and see if the fan starts. If it doesn’t, you’ve given it your best shot—it’s time to call a pro.
In addition to the information below, see these two articles for the general care and maintenance of your air conditioner: Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer and How to Replace Furnace & AC Filters. Most noteworthy, you should replace the filters at least twice a year, before the heating and cooling seasons. For information on furnace problems, please see Furnace Not Working.
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