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What To Do When Your Heat Pump Is Not Working Right? Try These Troubleshooting TipsAre you having trouble with your heat pump? If you are unsure of the actual problem, there are some troubleshooting steps you can take to see if it will address the issue with your heat pump. Proper maintenance and upkeep is crucial for a heat pump owner, because poor maintenance can lead to big compressor problems later on.

You can start by cleaning the filter, removing visible dirt and debris. If there are any other visible obstacles that might be restricting airflow, it is wise to remove them.

Next, you need to check the outdoor unit and remove any dirt, leaves or other grime buildup that could decrease function of the heat pump. You can also insert a vacuum cleaner hose in between the blades to suction out deeper debris. By placing rocks around the outdoor unit you will help build a barrier and protect the outside unit from further debris buildup.

If you have gone through all of these steps and the unit still appears to be malfunctioning, you can turn off the unit for six to eight hours to allow the lubricant in the pumps oil reservoir to warm up. Next, set the pump on emergency heat and keep it in this mode for six to eight hours. Once this time period has elapsed, turn the pump back to its normal heating setting. If no heat is generated, please call a service professional.

Sometimes, you may be able to troubleshoot your heat pump on your own, but often it’s better so seek the help of a trained professional. For an expert consultation, contact us at Aladdin Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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