It always seems that we experience problems at the worst possible time. Heating problems are no exception to that rule. It is always one of the coldest days of the winter, a time when we are expecting visitors or we have just had a tough day at work and were looking forward to relaxing at home. Sound familiar? If only we could do something that would get us some relief quickly and with minimal expense.
Perhaps some of these suggestions will help you on that fateful day when you realize your heat pump/furnace is not heating your home.
Not typically, on a cold night a heat pump’s outdoor coil will freeze and it must be defrosted to maintain the unit’s heating efficiency. During this process the system will shift modes and may make some loud whooshing noises.
Yes, this is typically associated with the defrost cycle on a heat pump and is part of the normal operation. It may also occur on certain model units when heat is running and the temperatures are slightly warmer inside and outside.
No, this is typically occurs when the unit is in a defrost cycle. As the ice on the outdoor coil melts it will produce steam. The steam will rise from the unit and when the fan turns back on at the end of the cycle a burst of steam will rise from the unit all at once.
No, following a defrost cycle the melted ice will cause the area surrounding the outdoor unit to be very wet at times.
Yes, not only do we use our air conditioners all year long but many of us use a heat pump for our heating needs. If the unit is running inefficiently the costs for cooling and heating needs will rise. Without twice per year maintenance on your system you may be spending more money to heat and cool your home.
It is best to set the temperature to a setting that is comfortable for your individual preferences. Typically, most people are comfortable between 78-80° for cooling and 68-70° for heating.
Following any problems experienced with your heating unit we recommend that you do schedule a service visit with a professional to ensure that your system is operating properly and that there are no safety concerns with the operation of the equipment that you may have overlooked. Most of the repairs listed are only offered as a temporary solution until a professional can assess the safe operation of your equipment. This is especially true regarding any of the above instances where an electrical problem was the cause for the failure.