Heat pumps are an ideal solution for heating and cooling in Sarasota, Florida and neighboring communities. It uses less energy, distributes heat evenly and provides the advantage of one heating and cooling system rather than keeping a separate oven and air conditioner. However, heat pumps sometimes work. Below are several common issues you may encounter with a heat pump during the cold months. How a heat pump works During the winter season, heat pumps extract heat from the air, water or land and transfer it to your home or office. Because heat flows from warmer to cooler environments, the cooler absorbs the remaining heat from outside. When coolant flows through the system, it changes from liquid to gas and releases heat. During the summer, reversing the refrigerant flow allows the heat pumps to absorb the internal heat and release it outside. Although electricity drives fans and fans, electricity is not used to generate heat, which reduces electricity use for heating by up to 50%. Heat pump blows cold air There are several reasons why a heat pump blows cold air in heating mode. Lack of maintenance is the main cause of malfunctioning units. Clogged filters prevent air from flowing freely, which puts the compressor on top. The units may operate for a longer period of time or blow cold air or turn off. During annual tuning, technicians clean filters and files as well as inspect all other components of the system. The result is improved energy efficiency, reliability and comfort. Outdoor Unit Freezing During the winter months, frost often forms on the outdoor coils. However, covering the ice during any season affects heat transfer. Running the defrost cycle should clear it. If this does not happen, contact a specialist to solve the problem. When calling professional cleaning filters, maintaining vegetation around the outdoor unit and checking the thermostat, electrical connections and settings are simple troubleshooting tasks homeowners can do in the event a heat pump fails. However, serious problems must be diagnosed and fixed by trained and licensed professionals. Aqua Plumbing & Air has been serving the residents of Sarasota since 1974. As a Certified Carrier Factory Dealer, NATE certified technicians undergo extensive training in advanced heating and cooling equipment. We are experienced in installing, maintaining and repairing all brands and models of heating and cooling equipment. If a heat pump doesn’t provide the relief you need, call today to schedule heating repairs. We also provide 24-hour emergency services for cases that require immediate attention.