A heat pump is a vital part of any home, and it is essential to keep it in good working condition. While heat pumps are typically very reliable, they can occasionally break down and require repair.

When this happens, repairing the heat pump is often more cost-effective than hiring a technician. With some knowledge and the right tools, most heat pump repairs can be completed quickly and easily.

We’ll talk about how to do heat pump repair on your own. Read on!

Heat Pump Repair: 5 Simple Fixes

  • Power

If your heat pump is not working, there are two potential explanations: either the thermostat is at fault, or the unit isn’t receiving power. To check if the unit is receiving power, follow these steps:

  • Set your thermostat to “heat” mode and a comfortable temperature. (It may seem common sense, but you would be surprised how often the thermostat is accidentally switched off or set to abnormal heat.)
  • Check the two circuit breakers safeguarding the air handler and heat pump condenser for power. These breakers may have tripped and need to be reset.
  • Most heat pumps include electrical components that give additional heat. Please double-check that the circuit breakers or fuses for these parts have not been triggered or blown–they are commonly situated inside the air handler cabinet.
  • Noises

If your unit makes any squealing or grinding noises, please shut it off immediately and contact a heat pump repair technician. In most cases, these noises from the pump motor indicate that the bearings are worn out and need to be replaced.

Check whether the cover panels are securely fastened if you hear rattling noises while the pump runs. Pinging or popping noises might be caused by heat in the ductwork, or a loose piece of metal could be causing them to expand ever so slightly.

  • Heat Pump Not Heating

Heat pumps are different from furnaces because they don’t produce hot air. Instead, they provide the right warmth to your home so that your thermostat can display the correct temperature.

  • Be sure your thermostat is set to the appropriate temperature. If it’s set correctly, try increasing the set temperature by five degrees. Wait a few minutes for the heater to warm up and see if anything changes.
  • Make sure the supply and return vents in all your rooms are unobstructed. Proper air circulation is key to every HVAC system.
  • Check your heat pump’s filter. Replace it if necessary. For optimum effects, replace your system every four months. If dirt and debris accumulate in the unit, your system will not operate effectively.
  • If your heat pump has auxiliary heating elements, ensure that they are in proper working order.


  • Freezing Up

If a heat pump becomes frozen, it might quickly ice up in freezing weather. If this happens, the defrost cycle should be activated regularly to melt the ice (as previously stated)

If the condenser unit freezes and does not defrost, turn off the entire device before attempting any repairs. Also, check for blockages in the return-air registers.

  • Incorrect Cycling

If your heat pump frequently turns off and on, it may overheat. A clogged filter or malfunctioning blower might be to blame. To rule out simple fixes, follow these steps:

  • Ensure your thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature.
  • The heat anticipator in the thermostat is usually the problem when room temperatures differ from the set temperature and will require thermostat repair.

Hire Our Professional Heat Pump Repair Service

If you need a reliable and trustworthy heat pump maintenance service, don’t hesitate to hire our services at Kay Heating and Air Cond. Inc.

With our heat pump repair services, you can be sure that your unit is in good hands. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced technicians who can handle any problem, big or small.