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Heat pumps are essential appliances that offer reliable cooling and heating for your home in Pine Bluff, AR. Now and then, system issues come up, causing your heat pump to not work properly. Here are three common reasons your heat pump may be malfunctioning:

Inadequate Maintenance

Lack of maintenance is one of the reasons your heat pump may not be working. On most occasions, the heating system is too dirty. When the blower motor is dirty, it can cause the malfunctioning of your equipment. The heat exchanger won’t function well if it doesn’t get plenty of cool air to prevent it from overheating.

In this case, a dirty motor means that the heat exchanger doesn’t get enough air circulation making it go kaput. Other dirty components such as a dirty filter, flame sensor or burner can also make your system fail. The best way to avoid the inconveniences caused by a dirty system is to have annual maintenance performed on your equipment.

Thermostat Issues

If your heat pump won’t turn on, the first thing to do is to check your thermostat. The settings on the thermostat should reflect the season and desired temperature. For example, during the colder months, the setting on your thermostat should read “heat.”

A recent thermostat repair or replacement could explain why your heat pump won’t start, mostly if there were issues with the installation. One reason could be that the purchased thermostat is not wired correctly or is incompatible with heat pumps.

After checking the wiring and settings on the thermostat, make sure you’re receiving an “on” signal. Qualified service techs can help you in determining whether the thermostat sends an alert as it should.

Other Heat Pump Components

If your thermostat is working, you’ll need to look at other major components on your heat pump. If you notice any problems or damage on any part, that could be the reason for your unit’s malfunctioning.

The first part to check is your power switch to confirm that your heat pump is receiving power. The next step is to make sure that the circuit breakers haven’t tripped. If everything looks OK from the outside, you need to call in a service tech for a more in-depth diagnosis.

Whatever your heating system issue is, contact Pine Bluff Heating & Air for the expertise you need to get your unit working efficiently. We look forward to helping you maximize comfort this winter.

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