Troubleshooting Common Gas Heat Pump Problems

If you have a gas heat pump in your home, you should be aware that, like all heat pump devices, it might start deteriorating with time, and will not be able to create the kind of heat that you need for your home. If you find that you have problems with the gas heat pump, then you may be tempted to call an engineer in to fix the pump, but this can cause a lot of expense, and you may be able to troubleshoot the problem yourself with just a few hints and tips. if you choose to troubleshoot the device, then you should be aware that some actions may cause you greater expense in the future, as your warranty might be voided.

Troubleshooting Basics

There are some simple things that you can do to make sure that your gas heat pump is fixed as best you can manage. Firstly. you need to find out what the problem is. Then, you need to get out your manual, and locate all of the parts which might be affected by the problem, and take your time to look through each one, and see if any are having trouble.

No Heat

The first time you notice anything wrong with the heat pump may be when you find that there is no heat. A complete lack of heat suggests a number of reasons, but the most likely places to start looking are the power supply, and the motor. Replace the plug on your power supply, and also look around the pump, and if you have circuit breakers, check those. Look for signs of overheating. Secondly, remove the motor completely from the pump, and examine it. Clean away any dust, and check to see whether anything has prevented the motor from working. If in doubt, replace the part.

Little or Almost-no Heat

A very low output suggests that the problem with the gas heat pump is due to the pressure inside the device. Problems can be caused by the refrigeration fluid for the coil not being a large enough quantity, or that there is a problem with the evaporator or condenser unit which forms part of your pump. These can both bring the pump to disaster. If this has not solved the problem, remove the heat ducts, and check that the filter is not clogged. If there is a lot of dirt there, change the filter completely. You should also check the thermostat to see whether that has been accidentally set to a low amount.

Pump Is Frozen

There are two reasons for the pump to become frosted. Firstly, it is cold weather, and the pump does not have enough heat in itself to prevent frost forming on the outside, or the filters and the evaporation unit have become clogged with dirt. This lowers the temperature of that part of the pump, and causes a light layer of frost, even in warmer temperatures.