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These Heat Pump Repairs Might Surprise You

You know that in the span of your heat pump’s life cycle, you’re going to run into some repairs from time to time. That’s okay, it’s expected, but these specific repairs that we’re going to talk about today? They might surprise you.

We’ve seen just about everything there is to see throughout all our years of heating repair in Sacramento, CA, and we want to offer our unique perspective to you right now. Here’s what you should look out for.

Complete Loss of Power

Your heat pump just shut down in the middle of a cycle, and now it won’t turn back on. Complete loss of power means you’re not getting any feedback from it, including startup sounds. However, it’s important that you don’t confuse this with the thermostat working.

The thermostat is a separate device with its own power supply that communicates with your heat pump but is not dependent on it for power. Your thermostat might still work just fine, but your heat pump could be at a loss. Check the circuit breaker to see if a switch has been flipped before you call for repairs.

Air Comes Out, But It’s Not Temperature Treated

You put your hand up to the vent, you know the heat pump is on, and it’s blowing air… but it’s the same air temperature as the room you’re standing in right now. It’s not cool, it’s not warm, it’s just air.

This is an indicator that the blower motor is working fine, but the heating or cooling capability of your heat pump isn’t doing so hot. This could be a myriad of different problems, but first, check out the air filter. If it’s dirty, change it and try again. If that doesn’t solve anything, call us for repairs instead.

It Shuts Down Really Quickly on Its Own

This is referred to as short cycling. It’s when the normal cycle of your heat pump, which should be around 10-20 minutes depending on its age, efficiency, and temperature it’s fighting, runs for much shorter than it’s supposed to.

So how do you know if it’s short cycling? If you hear your heat pump turn on, and after a minute or so, it powers back down again, that would be short cycling. If your heat pump is quiet and you don’t really know when it kicks on or powers down, that’s okay. You can still find out if it’s short cycling.

Go to the thermostat, set a new temperature, and after a few seconds, start a 15-minute timer on your phone. When it goes off, check the thermostat and see if your machine hit the target range. Short cycling is a problem because it takes ages for your heat pump to hit the target temp, so if there’s no change, then it might be short cycling.

Don’t Wait for Heat Pump Repairs

Your heat pump can’t wait for repairs, especially if it’s running into these problems that we’ve outlined today. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for repairs. Contact us today and we’ll schedule an appointment as soon as we possibly can so you can have relief and restore your comfort before you know it.

Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. today to schedule your heating repair as soon as possible. And remember, you can always trust The Guys in the Big Red Trucks.

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