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4 Cold Weather Heat Pump Problems and Their Solutions

Closeup of screws, nuts and spanner isolated on white backgroundFall is coming to a close and soon we’ll be in the midst of truly cold temperatures here in Utah. The last thing you want to happen is for your heating system to give out during this time. If you have a heat pump in Layton, UT you have a system that relies on the heat from outdoors to warm your home. This is a reliable system, but if your heat pump needs repairs or replacement, you might run into the issues listed below.

  1. Failure to Defrost: It’s normal for a light layer of frost to appear on the coils in our cold weather. If your heat pump is functioning normally, it should switch to defrost mode on its own and melt the ice forming on the outside unit periodically. When the ice or frost on this system is persistent and extends to the entire unit, it’s time to call a service professional. You should never leave your heat pump covered in ice. This may damage the unit over time.
  2. Blowing Cool Air: The last thing you want your heat pump to do in the dead of winter is blow out cold air. When your heat pump starts to send out cool air, you should check to ensure that your system isn’t stuck in the “cool” setting. If it is set to the correct setting, the problem might stem from refrigerant levels. If refrigerant leaks, you’ll need a technician to come out, diagnose the cause of the leak, and return your heat pump to the manufacturer levels.
  3. Draining Issues: If your heat pump is leaking or dripping, it’s a sign that you’re having draining issues. Draining issues happen when your heat pump is grounded on an unsteady surface, submerged in snow, or exposed to heavy amounts of rainwater. A service professional will help you find a solution to these issues and realign your system so that your coils remain dry.
  4. Inability to Function: Does your heat pump not turn on? Sometimes your heat pump may not function due to a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If you reset your system and there’s still a problem with your heat pump’s functionality, you need the assistance of an HVAC professional.

What Should You Do?

Don’t call just anyone! Call one of our reliable technicians and schedule an appointment. We can help you determine if your heat pump simply needs repairs, or if it’s time to invest in a new unit. Don’t try to troubleshoot on your own. Here at Rentmeister Total Home Service we often deal with the worsened problems because homeowners tried to fix the problem on their own by chipping away at the ice. It’s tempting to take matters into your own hands, but it will benefit you in the long run to leave this job to a professional.

Sometimes problems like the ones listed above are signs that it’s time to replace your heat pump. This is especially true if your heat pump is over the age of 10. If you need help determining the next steps to take, contact our team.

If you’re having trouble with your Layton, UT heat pump, contact Rentmeister Total Home Service today.

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