What To Do When the Heat Goes Out

March 08, 2017

Call it Murphy’s Law, or maybe just a little unluckiness, but we sometimes see heat pump problems in Drexel Hill during the winter time, when they’re necessary to keep you comfortable. While you know the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning will always be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to ensure a repair is needed and save yourself some expenses if it’s not. We’ve gathered this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound ridiculous, but make sure everything is switched “on”. We’ve been to more than a few calls only to discover the thermostat or the heat pump itself is turned off.
    • Is the thermostat switched to heat? If yes, raise the temperature by five degrees to check if it kicks on.
    • If everything looks correct, inspect your heat pump switch (if it has one) and inspect the fuses and circuit breaker that guard the extra heating element (if it has one).
  2. If the heat pump still hasn’t switched on, return to your thermostat.
    • Try changing the battery, if it has one.
  3. Is an obstruction causing your heat pump to not work?
    • Check your air filters inside your air handler to make sure they’re not clogging things up.
    • Are your room heating registers open and clear?

If you’ve gone through this checklist and you still need a heat pump maintenance check, call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-257-7035 and we’ll get your home back to the welcoming and cozy place you expect this time of year.