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Why Your Heat Pump Isn’t Switching Modes Anymore

Your heat pump wears two hats: it’s both the heater and the air conditioner in your home. They’re both important, but it’s a complicated system to maintain. When it switches from one mode to another, it can run into issues and get stuck in place. So what do you do now?

Through our heater repair in Bethesda, MD, we’ve seen this issue pop up time and time again. Let’s talk about what it means, how you can prevent it from happening in the future, and why it requires a technician’s touch to remedy the situation. 

Your Air Filter Could be Dirty

It’s possible that your heat pump is having this issue just because the air filter is dirty or clogged. If you look at your filter right now, you’ll likely see a thick coating of dust on it. Even if it doesn’t look like much, it can be enough to mess with your heat pump’s ability to switch modes.

Air filters on any HVAC system should be switched out every 30 to 90 days, depending on usage. If your heat pump isn’t working as planned, replacing your air filter should be the first step. Pay close attention to see if this relieves the problem before calling for repairs.

Your Thermostat May Not Be Calibrated Anymore

Your thermostat likely isn’t broken, but it could still be on the fritz. It’s difficult to say for certain, but after closer inspection, your HVAC technician should be able to tell you if your thermostat is accurately detecting the temperature or not.

The thermostat sends instructions to your heat pump based on its reading of the room, so what happens when those instructions aren’t clear or they never make it in the first place? Your heat pump doesn’t know what to do, so it appears to be inefficient or broken. Recalibrating your thermostat should help.

It’s best to have this done by a technician so they can determine whether or not your thermostat is okay or if it needs to be replaced. Thankfully, thermostat replacements are not the most expensive repair you could run into to fix your heat pump’s ability to switch modes.

Stay Up-to-Date on Maintenance to Prevent This Problem

Maintenance helps prevent heat pump problems from popping up in the first place, including mode-switching issues. Remember that maintenance also serves as a point of inspection, giving your technician necessary time to check each component of your heat pump and ensure everything’s operating as expected. When something doesn’t look quite right, they’ll let you know and explain the course of action, preventing most issues from disrupting your day later on.

Get Heat Pump Service Today

Don’t wait to get your heat pump repaired just because you don’t need the other mode right now. You don’t want your air conditioning mode to not work when summer rolls around, so make sure you’re prepared. Call us today and we’ll fix the issue as quickly as possible so you have nothing to worry about.

Contact us today to schedule your heater repair as soon as possible.