Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘heat pump repair’

There’s Smoke Coming From My Heat Pump!

Monday, December 24th, 2018

scared-womanWhen cold weather starts and you switch your heat pump to heating mode for the season, you don’t have to make many adjustments. A heat pump works in a similar fashion whether it’s in cooling or heating mode.

But you might look out a window one cold morning and see something alarming: smoke rising off the heat pump’s outside cabinet. That doesn’t look good! Are the heat pump motors burning out? Is the unit on fire?

Before calling an HVAC contractor in Clifton, NJ to rescue your heat pump, read about the most likely explanation for what you’re seeing. In most cases, you don’t have a problem—the heat pump is working as it should.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Heating Mode?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeTemperatures have fallen rapidly as the true cold of late fall sets in. That means that furnaces and other heating systems across the state are turning on for the first time in many months. Heat pumps have already been working for a long time, but in their cooling mode. All it takes to switch them over to heating mode is to make adjustments on their thermostats to set them for warmer temperatures.

But what if you adjust your thermostat to change your heat pump to heating mode… and nothing happens? Are you either still getting cooled air from the vents or the air feels like it’s room temperature? Then something is wrong. The problem could be a small one you can easily remedy on your own, or it could be a problem requiring heat pump repair in Paramus, NJ from HVAC professionals. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.

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Strange Things Your Heat Pump May Do in Winter

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Did you have a heat pump installed this spring, or during the summer? Or have you recently moved into a home that uses a heat pump for comfort, and you’re not used to the way it works? If a heat pump is new to you, there are some ways it functions during the winter that will come as a surprise. You might even think the heat pump is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired.

Fortunately, two of these behaviors are normal parts of the heat pump’s regular cycle, and you don’t need to worry about them or call for repairs:

  • The outdoor unit is sending out smoke: Actually, it’s not smoke, although it is easy to make this mistake. It’s actually water vapor. What’s happening is the heat pump is in its defrost cycle. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner, except it can reverse the direction that it moves heat so that it also draws heat from the outside to move inside. There is a risk that moisture condensation along the outdoor coil will freeze. To prevent this, the heat pump periodically goes into a defrost cycle where it briefly heats up the coil, causing the ice to melt off and create the vapor you’re seeing.
  • The outdoor unit is running regularly: This is a common mistake because people are used to split air conditioners. You don’t expect the outdoor unit of the air conditioner to run in the winter, although you expect the indoor blower fan to work. But a heat pump uses the outdoor unit the draw in thermal energy, so it has to run whenever the heating cycle starts up.

But there are actual malfunctions that can occur to a heat pump over the winter. It might start sending out only cool air. It might refuse to turn on at all. Or it may experience a drop in airflow. In most cases, you won’t be able to fix the problem on your own. Don’t try to fiddle around with your heat pump: call on our repair technicians!

Advanced Mechanical Services provides heat pump repair services to Edgewater, NJ.

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