3 Steps to Take When Your Heat Pump Freezes

Most people don’t know all that much about their HVAC system. If you’re able to replace a filter in your furnace you’re doing better than many homeowners. So when it comes to components like the heat pump, you probably don’t have the slightest idea what this part looks like, much less how it aids in the successful operation of your HVAC system. And frankly, you don’t necessarily have to know these things since you probably pay a qualified technician to come out twice a year to service your AC unit and furnace (or other heating equipment), including an inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and any required repairs. Unfortunately, even regular service may not stop issues from occurring when extreme weather conditions hit. And whether your unit is housed in the attic, the basement, or outdoors, significant temperature fluctuations can lead to problems, such as your heat pump freezing. The more you know about your system, the more quickly you can determine the problem, and the solution. So here are three steps you should take when you suspect your heat pump has frozen up.

  1. Inspect your unit. The place to start when you realize your system isn’t working properly is to give it a once-over. If the unit is outside, issues like cold water pooling on the unit and even freezing could cause the heat pump to freeze up, for sure, as could snow on and even in the unit housing. Of course, cold air could be the culprit, in which case even indoor machinery (in the attic for example) could be affected. You might not see any recognizable signs to indicate what the problem is, though. But you should know that if the temperature is nowhere near freezing and there’s no debris in or on the unit, the problem could be that something is blocking the path of drainage or airflow beneath the unit, such as if the platform it rests on has settled somewhat. If you’re familiar with your unit, an inspection should help you to determine the problem, or at least the source.
  2. Clear away build-up. Your system’s worst enemy is debris, so if you notice that the housing is filthy, clogged with leaves, or covered in snow or ice, cleaning if off could definitely help to rectify the problem. Unfortunately, this state of affairs could definitely cause your heat pump to freeze up due to lack of air flow, and cleaning the unit may not be enough to get it going again.
  3. Call for help. If you’ve done what you can through inspection, cleaning, the next step is to call your HVAC service provider. In fact, this is step number one for many homeowners when the heat or AC stops functioning properly. And chances are that even if you’re pretty handy with repair work, you might need some professional help when it comes to fixing or replacing a heat pump that has frozen up. While you might be able to replace filters, mend coils, and installĀ top air purifiers in every room of your house, the complexity of dealing with a frozen heat pump could be more than you can handle on your own.

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