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Can I Repair My Heat Pump On My Own?


Your heat pump won’t turn to its heating setting, or it’s just not turning on at all. You may think that because you’ve handled some HVAC-related repairs in your own home in the past that this will be the same, but heat pumps are a different beast.

More often than not, you need to hire a professional for heat pump repair in Arlington to get the job done. Don’t worry; you’re not powerless in this situation. We have some basic troubleshooting you can run through before contacting us for repairs that’ll hopefully do the trick.

First, Run Through Basic Troubleshooting

Before knowing if you have to contact a technician or not, here’s a quick list of non-invasive tasks you can perform to see if your heat pump just hit a small snag rather than a serious breakdown.

  • Change the air filter if you haven’t already. Air filters in most residential HVAC systems need to be changed every 30 to 90 days. Airflow is critical to your heat pump’s operation, so inhibiting its airflow is like taking away the tools it needs to do the job.
  • Calibrate your thermostat. If your thermostat reads that the room is a certain temperature, but you know it’s not, it might not be your heat pump’s fault. Your thermostat is the controller that tells your heat pump when it’s time to turn on or off. If it’s miscalibrated, your heat pump doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be doing because it’s being fed the wrong information.
  • Is your circuit breaker tripped? This can happen from time to time even if your circuit breaker isn’t at capacity. Check the breaker switch for your heat pump (which is often simply listed as “AC” on your panel’s directory). If a simple flip of the switch does the trick, you’re in luck.

In Many Cases, You’ll Need a Licensed Technician to Help

Now, what if you can’t repair it with a few troubleshooting methods? In that event, you need to hire a licensed technician for a few critical reasons.

  • There’s a heightened risk of electrocution if you aren’t careful.
  • Some heat pump components are easy to damage if you aren’t familiar with the system.
  • Some homeowners don’t know how to identify the specific issue and replace the wrong parts.

Beyond safety hazards, a repair technician will also know how to determine if there are additional problems or not. Repairs also serve as a point of inspection, so if your technician spots the root cause of the problem, they can find out how it impacts the rest of the system. Their knowledge is extremely valuable during repairs.

Most Heat Pump Fixes Are Not DIY-Friendly

Heat pump repairs aren’t a DIY warrior kind of job. If you want to repair your heat pump, run through the troubleshooting list to the best of your ability, but realize that beyond this list, it’s up to a technician to handle your heat pump repair. That’s where we come in.

Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating today to get an experienced technician to repair your heat pump as soon as possible.

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