Heat pumps in our household plays a huge part in giving us comfort inside our homes, especially during cold days. Therefore, cool air coming out of your heat pump is noticeable and could be an uncomfortable experience for you.
Before calling for a professional heating service and heating repair, try to inspect what causes your heat pump to behave this way. The possible reasons are as follows:
Your body only feels “cold” air coming out from your heat pump.
If the temperature outside gets colder as days pass, your body might be colder than usual. Sometimes, the air coming out from your heat pump might also be cooler than your body’s temperature. This thing could happen because the heat pump absorbs the heat outside to get inside your home. And when the temperature outside gets colder, less heat would be absorbed by your heat pump.
The average body temperature is 98.6 Fahrenheit or 37 degrees celsius, while outside temperature could get lower than 30 degrees when it’s extremely cold. Therefore, it is understandable if you feel your heat pump is creating cold air when it is actually working perfectly fine.
Your heat pump is in defrost mode.
A heat pump can get into defrost mode if there’s a build-up of ice at the heat pump’s outdoor coils. These outdoor coils are vulnerable to frosting, particularly if it’s too cold outside. If the coils are frozen, your heat pump will have difficulties in heating your house inside. Your heat pump will go into defrost mode to thaw the frozen coils, resulting in creating cold air inside your home for a few minutes.
Whenever you observe your heat pump is blowing cool air, check if it is in defrost mode and make sure the cycle is done before switching it back.
There’s something wrong with your heat pump.
If your heat pump is still blowing cool air after checking your body temperature or if it is not in defrost mode, then something’s wrong with your heat pump. Some common heat issues could be due to the following:
- Refrigerant leak. A leaking refrigerant can prevent the coil from absorbing heat resulting in the dropping of the temperature inside the house.
- Bad reversing valve. If your heat pump’s reversing valve is faulty, your heat pump will be stuck in cooling or in defrost mode.
- Frozen outdoor unit which can’t be defrosted. The heat pump must be inspected by a professional since several reasons can cause this heat pump problem.
- The heat pump is not efficient anymore. Your HVAC system, including your heat pump, should undergo regular maintenance at least once a year. By doing this, your heat pump will work properly and can extend its lifespan.
Once you’ve identified why your heat pump is blowing cool air, you have to take action to resolve this issue, especially if it needs a professional heating service. For your heating repair concerns, call a trusted and experienced HVAC contractor like Tri-City Heating and Air Conditioning Inc at 970-669-1772 (Loveland) or 970-493-0126 (Fort Collins).