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Common Heat Pump and Furnace Issues

Is the air in your home feeling colder than last week? This common question can lead homeowners to their heat pumps and furnace. You can deal with all kinds of issues ranging from lack of airflow to strange smells and noises. If you are concerned that your heating unit is acting up, consider scheduling a service call to make sure everything is in order.  Having issues with your heat pump should never be a daily ordeal. Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing makes sure to inspect all the areas of your heating system (heat pump & furnace) and give you tips for a more efficient home. Call the experts for heating services in Highland Village, TX at 940-246-2075 or find us online. Check out these common furnace and heat pump issues that might be occurring in your own home. 

Not Powering On

A heat pump or furnace that does not power on can be troublesome for your home. The cause of this can be a problem from a few different sources: 

  • Malfunctioning thermostat
  • Tripped breaker 
  • Starter Capacitor that needs to be repaired
  • Faulty reversing valve

 The thermostat works with the heat pump to heat up your home. If it is not calibrated correctly or there is an electrical issue, this can cause your heat pump to not power on. Another reason for a loss of power is a tripped breaker. If the breaker switches it may turn your heat pump or furnace off.  Also, the starter capacitor functions to start the motor of your heat pump. If there is something wrong, you may hear a faint clicking noise. This noise indicates that a repair and inspection needs to be scheduled. A broken reverse valve needs to be replaced if you are feeling only cold air because heat pumps are supposed to heat and cool air. 

Cold Air Only

If there is only cold air blowing from your heat pump or furnace then you may have issues with the compressor or the valve. This can easily be identified by making sure your unit is in the right setting and that the thermostat is on ‘heat’. Also, cleaning around your unit will help to decrease the debris and pollutants from damaging the inside of your heat pump.  Making sure all of these are checked can help with air flow and to discover what else may be causing issues. If this does not help to identify the issue, you need to contact local AC and Heating Companies to inspect and maintain your equipment. 

Strange Noises

Noises are not out of the ordinary when it comes to a properly functioning heat pump furnace. However, if there are any noises that you have not heard before it is a good time to check your equipment. If there is a rattling sound within, this could suggest an issue with loose parts.  Do not leave loose parts unfixed for too long or it may cause further damage. Any other noises such as grinding, squealing and bubbling means that there is something else going awry. Turn off the unit and call an expert to inspect your unit and if necessary, complete heater repair

Weird Smells

Smelling something weird is important to note when it is coming from your unit. Mold is very detrimental to your health and can be identified by a musty odor. Another reason why there may be a weird smell is if an animal dies in your unit. Sometimes animals can make their way into the unit and can’t find their way out. If you smell something rotten, there is a possible animal carcass that needs to be removed.  Also, electrical fires can be an issue because of problems with the electrical wiring of the pump. If you smell burning, immediately turn off your system and call a professional to inspect your electrical wiring. 

Insufficient Heating

Is your heat pump on but the room still feels cold without turning it on to ‘cool’? This can happen when airflow is restricted in the air ducts and air filters. Air ducts can become blocked by dirt which can restrict the air flow throughout your home. Have a professional clean your air ducts and check for any leaks.  Another reason is debris clogging up your air filters which results in insufficient heating. A heat pump with a clogged filter will not have enough power to push hot air into your home. The easy way to prevent this is to change your air filter monthly, even if it is not dirty.

Constant Running 

A heat pump or furnace that is constantly running may be strange, but it is not serious. Colder weather can make your heat pump run nonstop which should not be of any concern. However, there are some things that can become an issue and affect your heat pump. If your thermostat and heater are not working cooperatively then you may have an electrical issue on your hands. Call one of your local AC and Heating companies to fix the issue.  Another issue that can contribute to your heat pump constantly running is loose parts. If there is a part within your heat pump or furnace that is damaged it can result in continuous cycling. If you have a broken compressor contractor it can affect the amount of heat going to your heat pump. This part would need to be replaced to get the unit back on track. 

Issues With the Air Flow

Air flow in your home can be a problem depending on what temperature your thermostat is set to. If you are expecting hotter air when you turn on your furnace and all you get is cold air then there is probably an issue. A common problem that is easy to fix is airflow because of a clogged filter. The filter can become blocked and deter efficient air flow and heat from entering your home. Replace the filter every month to make sure this inconvenient problem will not happen again. 

AC and Heating Companies in Highland Village, TX

If you’re in need of a heat pump furnace inspection or repair, make sure to trust the right AC and heating companies in Highland Village, TX. Out of all local companies, Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing has got your back on all of your needs for heating services .  Our commitment doesn’t stop after we walk out the door. If you have any issue that you forgot to ask about or need to schedule a new appointment, give us a call. Our dedication to customer service and professionalism means that you will always receive the best service.  Ready to schedule your next heat pump furnace service call in Highland Village, TX? Call Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing at 940-246-2075 or on our online contact form. 

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