6 Ways to Determine If Your Heat Pump Needs Repair


Your heat pump is the throbbing heart of your heating system in your house or office. It performs so well that we take it for granted most of the time. We only think about it when something goes wrong. However, when this happens, it might result in a complicated and costly repair. 

Most of the time, we can call in professionals to handle minor issues before they become major and detrimental to your business or personal life.

Knowing the early warning signs that you may require heat pump repair can save you a lot of time, pain and money, and in the long run.

Here are the six ways to determine if your heat pump needs repair:

1. Using More Electricity Than Usual

If you notice that your unit is using more electricity than usual, this could signify that something’s not right. If this has happened a few times, it could be due to a problem with the system, and it would be advisable to seek the assistance of a professional.

2. Low Cooling

If your system fails to provide adequate cooling, it could be a sign of a problem with your unit. If this is the case, it’s worth noting that this isn’t an isolated incident. If it has happened very frequently, then it is possible that the unit hasn’t been adequately maintained and requires a full assessment by the manufacturer.

3. Not Hot Enough

If your heat pump is not hot enough, it might be due to many different things. There could be a problem with the thermostat. It is also possible that the pump is frozen due to the cold or the reversing valve is broken. It is always best to have your heat pump inspected when it’s not heating enough. 

4. Running at the Wrong Setting

If your heat pump is running at a higher or lower setting than it should, it may be indicative that there might be something wrong with your unit. While this may not necessarily require a full-blown repair, it could still mean a serious problem.

5. Not Turning on at the Correct Setting

Most heat pumps have several heat settings, each with a slightly different efficiency rating and running cost. If your heat pump isn’t turning on at the right setting, then you could be facing a severe problem.

6. Not Turning on at All

If your heat pump isn’t turning on at all, you’ll quickly know something is wrong. If this happens, it may be worth double-checking that there is power supply and testing for a blown fuse/circuit breaker. If everything looks all right, it might be time to call in the professionals to assess the situation.


Heat pumps are our primary source of heating in the colder months. However, if they stop working properly, it can be very disruptive. If you think your heat pump is running at full capacity, it’s worth checking for signs of malfunction. Catching these issues early can help you prevent them from becoming a bigger problem.

Mainline Heating and Air has been providing reliable heating and AC service in Alabaster, AL, and surrounding areas since 1989. We offer top-notch HVAC products like air conditioners and handlers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, heat pumps and gas furnaces, tankless hot water heaters, UV lights, and filtering systems. Call us now to request an estimate. 

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