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Old 06-03-00, 06:55 AM
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Hi everyone

Just to start, I'm complete dummy when heat pumps and home heating/cooling is in question.
Recently we moved to new place, which has natural gas heating. How can I tell if cooling system is also gas based ? Both are controlled from same thermostat. Heat pump outside doesn't seem to run at all while system is in COOL mode.
Any suggestions, links, books ?

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J3
 
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Old 06-03-00, 09:25 PM
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Hi:Joe385

If your furnace burns natural gas for heating, then you do not have a heat pump. A heat pump is all electric.

To verify this, simply look into the furnace while it's ON. If you can see burner flames, then your heating with gas.

In regards to the unit outside, that's where the freon, that picked up the heat from inside the house, gets transferred outside.

With a heat pump, this outside unit is used to take heat from the outside air and transfer it into the house.

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TomBartco
Natural Gas Energy Technician and Consultan
 
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Old 06-03-00, 10:28 PM
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Not to confuse the situation you can have a gas furnace and a heat pump. TVA loves doing it and they are called fossil fuel kits. Normally the thermostat will say heat pump somewhere on it. Go look at the outside unit and see if the manufacturer name is on it and the model of the unit. Their should be a rating plate somewhere on the unit giving you this info. Once you have this contact the manufacturer for the homeowners guide to operation. The best bet though is contact a dealer ask them to check the unit. Tell them your problem and your lack of knowledge. A good dealer will answer your questions and help you. It may not be free advice but again ask what the charge would be to educate you. Also you said it was a new house contact builder or realator and see if they can provide you info. If their is a problem unit should be in warranty.
 
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Old 06-04-00, 07:42 AM
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Thanks for replying

Unit uses gas for heating. Does that mean that it possibly uses gas for cooling too ?

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Old 06-04-00, 01:58 PM
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it is possible
 
 

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