Your heat pump is designed to switch effortlessly between heating and cooling. But there’s always the chance that your heat pump could get stuck in one mode and won’t switch back to cooling. When this happens, you need to schedule heat pump repair in Saint Peters, MO.
You can keep reading to learn more about why your heat pump may be stuck in one mode. Then give our team a call to schedule service and get down to the root of the problem. We can fix it and even prevent it from happening again in the future.
Stuck Reversing Valve
The most common reason for a heat pump not switching modes is for the reversing valve to get stuck. The reversing valve is a component that allows your heat pump to alternate between heating and cooling your home. When your thermostat signals for the reversing valve to switch to the other direction, it also switches the flow of refrigerant from heating to cooling or vice versa.
This usually only happens in older heat pumps. As the reversing valve wears down, it may not work as well as it once did. If this is the problem, it’s an easy fix. Our team can replace the reversing valve with a new one and get your heat pump working like new again.
If the reversing valve is not the problem, there’s also a chance that your thermostat settings are incorrect. You may think that you have your thermostat set to cooling and your desired temperature, but it’s easy to knock one of those little knobs and accidentally have an incorrect setting. It’s always good to double-check your thermostat and make sure the settings are correct.
You can also check the air filter on your heat pump. The air filter is designed to be changed about once a month or when it fills up with dust and dirt if that happens sooner. Leaving your air filter dirty can block airflow into the system and put a strain on your heat pump. When this happens, it may not switch between modes as a built-in safety mechanism so that the unit does not overheat.
You can also check the outdoor unit for any signs of problems. If the outdoor unit is particularly dirty, you can use gentle water pressure from your water hose to rinse away any dust and debris. However, you also want to listen to your outdoor unit to make sure there are no unusual or alarming sounds. Hearing something could indicate that there is a problem with your heat pump and may be contributing to the system getting stuck in one mode or the other.
If your troubleshooting attempts don’t work, you can always give our team a call and schedule a service appointment. We are happy to troubleshoot the problem and find a solution. In many cases, we can also make recommendations for future usage that may help to prevent the problem from happening again in the months or years ahead.
Warm People, Cool Ideas, Quality Solutions. Give our team at Swiss Air Heating and Cooling a call today to schedule an appointment for heat pump service.