Why Is My Heat Pump Heating in Cooling Mode?

There’s no doubting the convenience that heat pumps provide to residents of Suffolk, VA. However, when you set your heat pump to cooling mode and it produces hot air instead, this indicates an underlying issue that might emanate from the following:

An Issue With the Reversing Valves

In some cases, the heat pump will remain in heating mode because the reversing valve got jammed during the transition to cooling mode. This can result from a malfunctioning switching mechanism or a damaged valve. When this occurs, it’s best to call in a professional HVAC service technician to assess the situation and provide repair solutions.

Clogged Air Filter

A dirty air filter can negatively affect your heat pump’s capacity to distribute cold air. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends replacing your air filter every two to three months. However, this time varies depending on the type of filter, and you can opt to clean or replace it if it clogs.

Low Refrigerant Levels

This is the most common mechanical cause of a heat pump failing to cool and is often due to a refrigerant leak. If the refrigerant levels within your HVAC system are low, it can’t cool your space effectively. As such, it’s advisable to call a professional to inspect your system for leaks and charge it. Never attempt DIY refrigerant repairs; they’re dangerous.

These are just some of the problems that can cause your heat pump to produce hot air while in cooling mode. Other issues can cause this problem, some of which require the expertise of a professional to identify. At Atlantic Shores Heating and Cooling, we’re experts in such matters. If you notice a problem with your heat pump, please contact us for heat pump repair services. We’ll repair your system using the most cost-effective and long-lasting solution.

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