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Problems With Your Thermostat or Reversing Valve?

Heat pump problems can be confusing. Is your reversing valve stuck or is something else going wrong? We find that many times the thermostat is actually a problem when heat pumps won’t turn on or switch modes. Either way, you need to schedule an appointment for heat pump repair in York, PA.

Our team can troubleshoot to see what exactly is wrong. While we’re at your home we can also give your heat pump and thermostat a thorough inspection to ensure we fix any other problems while we’re there. Keep reading to learn more about when your thermostat may be the problem versus when your heat pump reversing valve has something wrong. 

Common Thermostat Problems

We see three common thermostat problems that can impact how your heat pump operates. The first is battery life. If the batteries are low in your thermostat, it may not be functioning as well as it should. If this is the problem, we can change the batteries and make sure that your thermostat has a good enough charge to last for a long time to come.

We also find that many thermostats are simply dirty on the inside. Dust and dirt particles are so tiny that they can get into the smallest crevices of your thermostat and impact how well it functions. Our team can use a soft bristle brush to gently brush away dirt and grime. If this is a problem with your thermostat, it’s really a very easy fix. Of course, while we are looking at it we will also address any other concerns that we notice.

Thermostats can also become calibrated incorrectly. This means that they may not read the temperature as accurately as they should, resulting in inconsistent heat pump operation. Your thermostat may not be communicating effectively with your heat pump either. It may not be signaling to start or end a heating/cooling cycle at the right times. This could mean that your heat pump is turning on and off too frequently, or staying on longer than it needs to.

Potential Reversing Valve Problems

If the thermostat is not the problem, it may be the reversing valve. Reversing valve problems are fairly common, especially in older heat pumps. The switch wears down over time and can get stuck in one position or the other. When you change your thermostat settings, the reversing valve may not respond. 

This can result in your heat pump not providing heat as you expect it to. In reality, your heat pump is just fine and the reversing valve needs to be replaced. This is usually a very easy thing to fix since the component is affordable and the repair job is quick. The reversing valve controls the flow of refrigerant. If the reversing valve does not signal for refrigerant to flow in the opposite direction, your heat pump will never be able to provide warmth during the winter. 

During an inspection, we will also look at the rest of your heat pump to see if there are any other contributing factors. We want to make sure we address all concerns at one time so you know your heat pump doesn’t have anything else wrong.

Contact Regal Plumbing, Heating and A/C to schedule an appointment for heat pump repair. Committed to Service, Committed to You, Since 1974.

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