My Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Heating! Why?

Leaking Refrigerant

Look, I’ll be the first one to say Florida weather this time of year is a mess and with how hot it has been this past summer, some of you may have forgotten that your A/C unit even has a heating function. What’s worse, you may have just tried to switch your heat pump to heating mode only to discover that it isn’t working.

No worries, odds are the issue is a small one. Ace A/C of Ocala is available 24/7 to make sure that all your air conditioning and heating needs are met ASAP. If you’d like to check for yourself before calling us, that’s fine too. Here are a couple of ways your heat pump could be malfunctioning.

Leaking Refrigerant

Regardless of whether your A/C is in heating or cooling mode, it needs the right amount of refrigerant to function effectively. During the winter, your system warms your home by absorbing the heat in the surrounding air and redirecting it back through your vents.

 Your A/C can’t function without refrigerant and if there’s a leak somewhere in your system . . . well needless to say, that’s not good. Refrigerant isn’t meant to dissipate. Ideally refrigerant should last the entire life-cycle of the system it is in. If your refrigerant is leaking, the biggest sign to look out for is that lukewarm air will be coming from your vents.

Thermostat Problems

No matter how robust any piece of technology is, there’s always a chance something could go wrong, and your thermostat is no exception. Several different issues could be affecting your thermostat. Sometimes dust or dirt clogs up the machinery, which could influence how it operates. The wires could also be the issue. When wires become frayed or corroded, it prevents them from conducting electricity effectively.

There’s also a possibility that something in your settings is keeping it in cooling mode or the programming on your thermostat could be experiencing a glitch. If you are experiencing any of these problems with your thermostat, don’t hesitate to call one of our technicians.

Reversing Valve Malfunction

The reversing valve is the part of the heat pump that switches it from heating mode to cooling mode and vice versa. Sometimes this valve can get stuck on one mode or in between the two. It’s possible that the issue could be related to the solenoid. (What’s a selnoid? If you don’t know, it’s probably time to give us a call.) If it is the solenoid it can most likely be repaired. If it doesn’t involve the solenoid  it could be very bad news. But before you despair, give us a shout.

Please keep in mind that like so many pieces of machinery, one of the worst things you can do for your malfunctioning heat pump is wait for the issue to fix itself. This almost never works and in most cases, it just ends up making the problem worse, costing you more money in the long run.

For professional heat pump repairs in Ocala, FL call us at 352-251-3926!