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Is Your Heat Pump Blowing Hot Air?

Unlike the rest of the country, our heat pumps need to keep providing us with air conditioning so we can survive the heatwaves that are still ahead of us. We don’t really get any respite from the sun down here, and we like it that way!

However, when your heat pump is working against you, then there could be some problems. For instance, a heat pump is supposed to easily switch between heating and cooling modes for when you need different comfort settings. When your heat pump starts becoming more stubborn, and it’s not switching when you need it to, then that can be a signal for repairs.

Luckily, you’ve got us! Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. provides fast and affordable heat pump repair in Sarasota, FL. No hassles, no surprise prices, just good services for a community that needs it. Read on to learn more about how to tell if you need our help.

Check the Thermostat

First things first, let’s get the easiest thing you can do out of the way. Sometimes, the problem can simply be the wrong setting on your thermostat. If this is the case, then you’re really in a good spot.

Check your thermostat and make sure it’s on the “cooling” setting rather than the “heating” one. This could’ve been done by accident, perhaps your relative who visited over the holiday bumped into it and now it’s heating your home on a hot day. Or, perhaps one of your nieces or grandchildren was playing a prank!

Either way, if this fixes your problem, then congratulations! Otherwise, keep reading.

There Could Be an Issue With the Reversing Valve

When your system says its cooling your home, but it’s actually depositing heat, there could be a problem with the reversing valve. This component is responsible for switching the direction that your heat pump’s refrigerant is flowing and allowing you to get cool air instead of warmth.

When this component is broken or malfunctioning, the heat pump won’t be able to run in the direction that you’ve specified. This is a big problem.

This can easily be fixed by calling our team for repairs. We know how to simply replace or fix the reversing valve and ensure that your heat pump provides you with the specified comfort that you need!

A Refrigerant Leak Might Be the Culprit

Sometimes the problem isn’t a setting on your thermostat or the reversing valve. This likely means that your heat pump is leaking refrigerant and is blowing lukewarm air into your house because it just can’t perform the cooling process anymore.

Unfortunately, this can be a tricky situation. Don’t try to recharge the refrigerant yourself because the leak has to be located and patched, and only the right amount of refrigerant should be put back into your system. This is a job for professionals.

Refrigerant leaks happen, and they can quickly be identified by vigilant homeowners who detect something wrong. If temperatures aren’t matching what you’ve set on your thermostat, or if they’re just plain warm when they should be cooler, then we can help.

Contact Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. for help with your heat pump system. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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