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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Blow Hot Air?

Young woman shivering during the winter season

If you’re a homeowner in Texas, it’s very possible that you rely on a heat pump for year-round heating and cooling. Whether you have a ducted system or a mini split system that doesn’t rely on air ducts, you’re undoubtedly impressed with your heat pump’s performance.

But that doesn’t mean a heat pump is failproof. One of the common reasons for heat pump repair in Sugar Land, TX is when a heat pump won’t blow hot air. Let’s go over 4 possible causes for this issue.

1. Dirty Air Filter

The first thing you should check when your heat pump isn’t putting out any hot air is the air filter. What was the last time you changed it or cleaned it? If it’s been so long that you can’t remember, this could very well be the source of the issue.

A dirty, clogged air filter will restrict how much air enters the heat pump to be heated. When there’s not enough airflow, your heat pump will struggle to put out hot air in the winter and cold air in the summer.  Replace the dirty filter with a clean, new one to see if that fixes the issue.

2. Broken Reversing Valve 

The reversing valve is the component in a heat pump that gives it the ability to provide both heating and cooling. This valve controls the flow of refrigerant. The direction the refrigerant moves is what causes it to be able to heat and cool. 

If the valve is stuck, damaged, or broken and the heat pump is only outputting cold air, it could very well be the fault of this component. Luckily, this is a fairly easy fix for our team. We can replace the reversing valve and get the refrigerant flowing in the right direction to restore your heat pump’s ability to heat.

3. Refrigerant Leak

A heat pump works like an air conditioner and relies on refrigerant to do its job for both heating and cooling. Just like a central AC system, it’s prone to refrigerant leaks and when this happens, it’ll keep the heat pump from working properly. Breathing refrigerant is hazardous and a refrigerant leak needs to be addressed in a timely manner for the health and safety of your family.

4. Miscalibrated Thermostat

A miscalibrated thermostat occurs when the thermostat isn’t able to gauge the heat pump accurately. It could be reading the temperature of your home incorrectly and therefore not outputting any heat. This is a simple fix for our team.

Not only do our technicians know the ins and outs of heat pump installations, but they also know how to keep your unit going for years to come with top-of-the-line repairs and maintenance. It’s an all-in-one machine, so you need all-in-one technicians like ours to keep it running smoothly.

Eliminate stress about your home HVAC and IAQ systems with the Vance advantage and get results you can rely on. Contact Vance Air Conditioning & Heating today for heat pump repair in Sugar Land, TX.

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