Why is my Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air? | Richard, love your website!! I used a few months ago to install a new thermostat and you cleared some things up with the thermostat wiring colors I had problems trying to figure out. Thanks!! Now I just turned on my heat pump the other night when it was cold outside. I simply wanted to warm the house up a bit since in the day time it gets back up to reasonable temperatures. The heat pump was blowing cold air when the thermostat was set to heat.
I am just wondering if I hooked something wrong hooking up the thermostat or perhaps I have a problem with the heat pump and need to call someone out to fix the problem. Regarding your replay to my original comment, I turned the thermostat up to 80° F. when the house temperature was 72° and the thermostat was set to heat. The supply vents did start blowing warm air. However, when I turn the thermostat back down to 73° F. the heat pump started blowing cold air again. I look forward to your answer. Thanks again for all your help!! Rebecca. (more…)
Energy Star Heat Pumps | People sometimes ask us what is the difference between a heat pump that is labeled with an Energy Star logo and one that is not labeled with an Energy Star logo. What is the benefit to me for purchasing a heat pump with an Energy Star logo on it? We do keep up with many different HVAC manufacturers and what they offer for equipment they sell (things change so much it is sometimes difficult to keep up). However, we thought we would clarify what Energy Star is and what it means to you when you purchase a heat pump with an Energy Star label. Is it really the best and most efficient heat pump you can purchase? We only show air source heat pumps since they are, by far, the most common types of heat pumps used. (more…)
Rheem Heat Pumps
Rheem Heat Pump Troubleshooting . Richard, I have a Rheem heat pump and it seems like we have the same problems with it every year. We call the HVAC guy out to get it going again but it seems the following year its the same thing over again. He fills the system up with R-22 and its not cheap. Does my heat pump need this every year? Does the heat pump burn Freon like a car burns gas? This is year three and cost of fixing it keeps rising every year. In the Spring when we turn it to cooling we don’t get any cold air. I came across your site and saw that you take questions about HVAC. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question concerning this matter. What do you suggest? Thanks! (more…)
Heat Pump Leaking Refrigerant Question - I get this question a lot from both my customers and my site visitors. They tell me every year a technician comes out and pump a few pounds of refrigerant into their unit and its good again for another year. A refrigerant leak for an air source heat pump is not uncommon. Or is it? Let us explore the question a bit further and see what really happens when you refill the unit over and over again, year after year. (more…)
Heat Pump being repaired
Heat Pump Troubleshooting Advice. When you have a problem with your heat pump you want to check the basics. Anything beyond that you really need to call in a professional to troubleshoot the heat pump. The heat pump or any type of electrical mechanical equipment you have problems with and need to troubleshoot. Whether you call for heat pump troubleshooting or any other repair there is only so much you can do. (more…)
This Goodman 13 SEER Heat Pump condensing unit is a new installation. The inside Goodman air handler attached to the heat pump condenser via line set was also replaced. It was replaced with this new Goodman heat pump. Its not a good idea to put a new high SEER air conditioner or heat pump condenser without matching it. It should be matched with a properly rated and efficient air handler especially the coil. (more…)
Heat Pump Frost Ice Buildup. Hi. I noticed my that one of my outside heat pump condensing units was laboring throughout the night. This morning I found ice frost buildup on the heat pump condenser fins. I live in Tucson, Az. It has been colder than normal (below freezing) with a bit more moisture in the air than usual as of late. Can you please tell me what causes this frost ice buildup, and how I go about rectifying? Does this mean that the condenser pump is shot? I’m originally from the Midwest, and have never experienced this before. What should I be doing? Thank you for your help. (more…)
Heat Pump Sequence of Operation - Every electrical-mechanical piece of equipment has a sequence of operation. While some manufacturers of heat pumps vary slightly with their heat pump sequence of operation the overall sequence of operation for a heat pump is the same for most manufacturers. So unless you have a special type of heat pump (they are out there – the Acadia heat pump is designed for extreme cold weather temperatures up North like Canada) the sequence of operation for your heating equipment should be very similar to what is described here. This is the basic operation of a heat pump like you will find in conventional heat pumps.
Goodman Heat Pump Condenser Flood Protection . This heat pump condensing unit has been installed atop the platform. The area where this air conditioning condenser is located is prone to flooding. The platform raises the heat pump condenser at least one foot above flood plain. This is usually required depending on the municipality or government agency in charge of mechanical and electrical inspections. If you live in a flood-prone area it is wise to protect the equipment from flood damage. It is possible for the air conditioner condenser unit to run after being flooded. However, the life expectancy is drastically reduced and you will definitely experience mechanical and electrical problems. (more…)