If you have a heat pump in your home you have a great advantage. This one system can provide both heating and cooling for your home. As the summer months arrive and the weather warms up, you will want to switch your heat pump from warm to cool, but how do you do this? And how does a heat pump cool homes in Oklahoma?
Continue to read below and for any additional questions, call Hill & Company.
How Does a Heat Pump Cool Your Home
Much like an AC unit, heat pumps use refrigerant to absorb heat. Your heat pump will pull the heat from inside your home, run it through its system and move this hot air outside or transfer it into the ground. This will leave your home feeling comfortable without having to dry out the air or run an AC unit constantly.
How to Switch Your Heat Pump from Winter Mode to Summer Mode
It is important to know that your heat pump won’t automatically switch over when the weather starts to warm up. You will need to manually switch your unit over from heating mode to cooling mode. Here’s how to switch your heat pump from warm to cool:
Switch Over Your Thermostat. The first thing you will need to do is switch your thermostat from heating mode to cooling mode. This is one of your most important steps as you won’t get cool air without this.
Set the Temperature. Adjust your home’s thermostats at the highest temperature where you can still remain comfortable. A temperature between 76 – 82 degrees Fahrenheit can help reduce your energy costs.
Set your Heat Pump Fan. Your heat pump fan should be set to auto at all times. This will help keep the air in your home comfortable. ON means your fan will run constantly—which could increase your energy bills!
Change Your Filter. Now is a great time to change out your dirty filters. Dirty filters will block air flow and could trigger allergies and upper respiratory issues.
Have Your Unit Tuned-Up. You only have one unit but it is still a good idea to maintain your heat pump twice a year. The perfect times to do this are spring and fall. A well-tuned system will run smoothly helping keep your home comfortable all year long.
What Happens if Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch Over
There are a few issues that may prevent your unit from switching over, even if you have followed the above steps. Let’s look at these reasons.
Broken Reversing Valve. Just as it sound the reversing valve helps switch over the way the refrigerant flows. If this valve is broken or is malfunctioning your heat pump will be stuck and the valve may need to be replaced.
Low or No Refrigerant. If your heat pump has a refrigerant leak, the refrigerant may have slowly leaked out. Without refrigerant, your heat pump can’t cool the air effectively. You will need to have a professional HVAC team test for a leak and refill your refrigerant.
Bad Thermostat. If your thermostat is not working correctly it may tell you it is in cooling mode but it may not be able to send that message to your heat pump. If this is the case it may be time to upgrade your current thermostat.
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Heat Pump Professionals in Edmond, OK
If you are having trouble switching your heat pump over to cooling contact the team of HVAC experts at Hill & Company. Our team of trained and certified technicians work throughout the Edmond, OK area. We can help you with all of your heating and cooling installation, repairs and maintenance needs in Edmond, OK.
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