Due to the Inflation Reduction Act, many California homeowners are excited about the tax credit and rebate options that come with installing an energy efficient heat pump. Heat pumps can provide many benefits for your home, but it is important to be aware of the problems the unit can experience. Like most home appliances, heat pumps will need repair from time to time and Brody Pennell is prepared to assist you. However, remaining knowledgeable about common problems and warning signs can help catch an uncomfortable breakdown early. In this blog, we discuss common heat pump problems and possible causes to prepare you and your home for the future.
To learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act and how it can benefit homeowners in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, visit our California Heat Pump Electrification blog post!
Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling for your home to keep you comfortable in every season. Due to the unit working full time, it may experience malfunctions and require repair. Below are 5 common heat pump issues homeowners in Santa Monica and surrounding areas experience.
If you notice your heat pump isn’t turning on, we first recommend starting with the thermostat. The thermostat is the brain of the operations and can affect the whole system if malfunctioning. As silly as it sounds, ensure that your thermostat is on and set to the correct settings. Another resident in your home may have altered the thermostat accidentally and caused it to power off. Your thermostat should read the correct temperature and be set to “Auto” for efficient heating. If the thermostat will not power on, it may need new batteries. Other causes for your heat pump not working could be:
A heat pump running constantly can be due to many factors. Again, we recommend starting with the thermostat. When thermostats are set to “On,” it indicates the heat pump will run even if it is not working to heat or cool your home. Thermostats set to “Auto” only run the heat pump when heating or cooling your home.
If your thermostat settings are correct, check the status of your air filters. Heat pumps struggle to push air through dirty air filters, which causes the unit to work longer to heat and cool your home. Other causes to your heat pump running constantly can include:
Little to no airflow indicates an internal or air filter issue. As we mentioned, heat pumps use more energy to push air through dirty air filters. If your air filters are clear of debris, no airflow could be caused by a malfunctioning blower. The blower is responsible for pushing air through the air ducts and into your home. Blowers can malfunction due to dust build up or wear and tear throughout the years. We recommend calling an experienced Brody Pennell technician to assess the issue rather than attempting to repair the blower yourself.
You may experience unusual sounds or smells from your heat pump, which is uncomfortable for everyone in your home. Pay attention for the following sounds to identify the common issue:
Weird smells coming from your heat pump can indicate mold growth or animal infiltration. We can help identify either problem and direct you towards a solution!
Many homeowners experience their air vents blowing air, but not the correct temperature for the setting. If your heat pump is blowing cold air in the winter or warm air in the summer, we recommend looking at the status of the outdoor unit. Outdoor units can be blocked by debris such as tree branches, grass, and ice in the winter. If the outdoor unit is in good condition, the problem could lie with low refrigerant levels. Refrigerant helps the heat pump effectively heat and cool. We recommend allowing a professional to check the status of your refrigerant levels, because refrigerant is toxic and can cause health issues. Other causes to your heat pump blowing the incorrect temperature can include:
Let us help keep your heat pump in perfect condition with our heat pump maintenance services in Los Angeles and surrounding areas! If you experience any of the common heat pump problems listed, give us a call. Each Brody Pennell technician is an expert at repairing all types of heat pump systems.
Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning is the committed to helping homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area experience total home comfort. In 2021, the readers of the Los Angeles Times voted Brody Pennell the Best HVAC Company in the area.
Please fill out the form below to request an estimate or schedule service.
We aren't comfortable until you are! To get started, give us a call at (310) 896-4911 or book online.
Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning has provided Los Angeles with award-winning HVAC service. Our team can service, repair, and install any brand heating and air conditioning system. We are here for you!
Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am − 1:00pm
24/7 Emergency Service Available!
8599 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
CA LIC# 256821
© Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning | All Rights Reserved.