While you of course expect your heat pump to blow warm air, there are sometimes instances where it may do the exact opposite. In this post, the heating and air conditioning repair pros of Air Pro Inc. detail three scenarios that might shed some light on what’s happening to your HVAC equipment.
1. Your heat pump is blowing slightly cooler air.
In this situation, the heat pump is blowing air that’s cooler than your body temperature—about 85 to 90 degrees—which is why you’re thinking it’s blowing cold air. Compare that to a furnace; the air it blows is so hot that you couldn’t remain standing next to the equipment.
Remember that the heat pump moves heat from the outdoor air into your home. If the outdoor temperature begins dropping by 20 degrees, the heated air coming from your heat pump might drop to 85-90 degrees, which is warm in itself but cooler relative to your body temperature. To test this, check the current indoor temperature on your thermostat. Do the same after 30 minutes. If it’s getting warmer, then the heat pump is blowing warm air that just feels cool to you.
2. Your heat pump is in defrost mode.
You don’t have to call for heating repair if the heat pump is blowing cold air in this situation. It just means that the heat pump is doing its job to prevent the outdoor coils from freezing up whenever outdoor temperatures drop.
To test this, observe your outdoor unit and see if the fan has stopped spinning and is producing puffs of steam. If so, then the equipment is in defrost mode. Until the cycle is complete, the heat pump won’t blow heated air indoors for a short period.
3. Your heat pump has a problem.
It might be time to call an HVAC technician if the troubleshooting you’ve performed doesn’t solve the issue and the heat pump is still blowing cold air for more than a few minutes at a time. This is a sign of a bigger issue, like a refrigerant leak or faulty outdoor unit components. It might also be time to service your HVAC equipment, as this also means that it’s losing efficiency.
Air Pro Inc. has decades of experience offering top-quality HVAC products and services, so we’re confident that we have what it takes to ensure your total satisfaction. Whether it’s heating or air conditioning replacement or routine HVAC maintenance, expect our NATE-certified pros to address your particular needs.
Call us today at (505) 224-2806 or fill out our contact form for a service request.