Heat pumps are invaluable in Florida weather, since they provide the perfect level of cooling (with humidity control) during the long, damp summers, and don’t encounter trouble providing efficient heating during the brief chilly spells of the winter. In colder parts of the country, heat pumps often need the assistance of a back-up system like a natural gas furnace, but they can work fine all on their own in Florida.
A heat pump is an intricate piece of technology that relies on a balance of numerous components to work correctly: chemical refrigerant, compressors, capacitors, multiple motors and fans, a reversing valve, and copper lines and coils. It requires special technical training to know how to properly repair one, and it also requires specialized equipment. If you encounter trouble with your heat pump, you most likely will need to call a professional repair service.
Downtown Air & Heat has 24-hour emergency service to help you out when you need heating repair service in Orlando, FL. If you experience any of these problems with your heat pump, they are a good sign that you need to call us for repairs:
- Heat pump will only blow cold/hot air: If you cannot get your heat pump out of one of its modes, then it is likely that its reversing valve has failed. Only a professional can correctly remove and replace the broken valve. (The problem might also lie in your thermostat, and this also needs expert repairs.)
- Icing develops on the coils: Ice along the coils doesn’t mean that the heat pump is getting too cold; it usually means that somewhere it is leaking refrigerant and cannot absorb enough heat. A repair service can locate where the leak is, seal it, and then recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
- Heat pump won’t start: If your heat pump won’t turn on at all, there are a number of possible reasons. One frequent cause for this is a burnt-out start capacitor, the device responsible for starting the motors with an electrical charge. Like the other components in a heat pump, this needs the work of a professional to replace it.
If you cannot immediately locate a simple source for an issue with your heat pump (incorrectly set thermostat, disconnect from a power source), don’t try to open up the cabinet and tool around with the components on your own. You don’t want to risk causing further damage to the heat pump with amateur work. An experienced technician should be able to locate the problem and fix it fast.
Call Downtown Air & Heat. We have NATE-certified technicians on staff who have the training and tools to take care of your heating repairs in Orlando, FL.