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Help! My Heat Pump Isn’t Blowing Hot Air

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Although your heat pump works completely differently than a central furnace, both types of systems can run into a common issue: a lack of hot air. Some of the reasons are the same and some are unique to heat pumps. 

If your heat pump is failing to heat your home in our cold winter weather, there’s one thing you can try before giving us a call for heat pump repair in Syracuse. Let’s go over the possible reasons why your heat pump is suddenly not blowing hot air. 

The Air Filter Is Clogged

This is a possible culprit as to why your heat pump isn’t blowing hot air. When was the last time you changed the air filter? If the answer is, “What’s an air filter” or “It’s been a while,” then this is something you should check immediately.

The air filter keeps dirt and dust out of the heat pump’s internal parts. When the air filter gets clogged and dirty, it can’t keep those things out of the heat pump. Without proper airflow, the heat pump’s performance suffers, usually in the form of not being able to generate enough hot air.

Change the filter to a new one (or clean and replace it if it’s reusable). If you need help locating where the air filter is, just give us a call and we’ll walk you through it. Hopefully, that’ll take care of the lack of hot air.

The Reversing Valve Is Broken

This is a component that’s unique to heat pumps. It’s the part that allows a heat pump to work as both a heating system and an air conditioning system. It reverses the flow of refrigerant to change from heating and cooling mode and vice versa.

Like all mechanical parts, the reversing valve is subject to wear and tear and can break eventually. Luckily, this is a fairly easy fix for one of our NATE-certified technicians.

There’s a Refrigerant Leak

This might be surprising to you! If you’re somewhat new to heat pumps, you might not know that they rely on refrigerants to work. It helps to think of a heat pump as essentially an air conditioner. The only difference is the reversing valve we mentioned above.

Just like with an air conditioner, heat pumps are prone to refrigerant leaks. When a heat pump doesn’t have an adequate supply of refrigerant, it simply can’t do its job. A refrigerant leak will not get better without professional service. Because it’s dangerous to breathe in refrigerant, this is something you should schedule sooner rather than later.

The Bottom Line

You don’t want to be stuck in the winter with a malfunctioning heat pump. And you don’t have to be! Call us and we’ll take care of the problem. We’re consumers just like you, and we know how to treat people the way they want to be treated.

Live a happier, healthier, and more comfortable life—trust Breathe Easy of CNY Heating & Cooling for your heat pump repairs in Syracuse, NY! We are consumers too! Contact us today!

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