Winter is coming! There are so many things to do and to think about when you are preparing your home for Winter. When preparing for winterization it is important to brush up on what to do if certain appliances or pipes ice up. One thing that often goes unthought-of of is your heat pump and furnace. Surprisingly they can get iced up and freeze over. Heat pumps are supposed to be able to detect ice build up and reverse the flow of the refrigerant. This should move hot refrigerant through the outside coils effectively melting the ice on the outside of the heat pump. Although they are supposed to be able to reverse freezing themselves that doesn’t necessarily happen. Sometimes you must do some checks on it to try to find out why it isn’t working properly. Luckily there are some thing you can do if they aren’t working properly.

When your heating pump is malfunctioning there are a few things that you can do yourself to see if they help. One thing you can do is check the air filter, if the air filter is damaged or clogged you need to replace it and you should always replace dirty air filters regularly. Another thing that you can do that is simple is go throughout your home and make sure none of the registers are blocked in any way. One thing that is important to do is the make sure the outdoor coil is clear of debris of any kind such as leaves, dirt, grass, snow, plastic, really any material should not be around it. Something else to check is that water is not dripping onto the unit, sometimes with heavy rains our gutters might overflow. These are some simple troubleshooting techniques that may help!

What should I do if my heat pump is still not working right? What could make my heat pump not defrost properly?  The best choice is to call a professional such as Advantage Heating to come and inspect the problem. Many times when your heat pump isn’t defrosting properly it is an indicator that there may be a more serious problem, because of this calling a professional is advised. Your heating professional can tell you what is wrong and get it fixed it for you. Some of the more common issues with a heat pump are; a reverse valve sticking, the defrost thermostat or sensor is malfunctioning or broken, the controls aren’t working properly, the outdoor fan motor is having issues, or your pump could have low refrigerant levels. Unless you are a trained professional you should probably not mess with stuff, Advantage Heating can come out and do a free Estimate for you personal needs!

With winter coming soon there is always so much to think about and prepare for. Well with Advantage heating on your side you will be well taken care of. If you have any heating problems that are preexisting that you are already aware of, don’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment  for a free estimate with Advantage Heating!