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 Columbia during the colder seasons, when they’re required to keep you warm. While you know the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc will forever be there ASAP when you need us for a heat pump repair, there are some things you can do to confirm that a repair is needed and save yourself some expenses if it’s not. We’ve collected this checklist of things to try before you give us a call.

  1. It may sound ridiculous, but make sure everything is turned “on”. We’ve been to more than a few calls only to realize the thermostat or the heat pump itself is turned off.
    • Is the thermostat switched to heat? If yes, increase the temperature by five degrees to check if it turns on.
    • If everything looks correct, check your heat pump switch (if it has one) and test the fuses and circuit breaker that shield the extra heating element (if it has one).
  2. If the heat pump still hasn’t kicked on, revisit your thermostat.
    • Try swapping the battery, if it has one.
  3. Is a blockage causing your heat pump to breakdown?
    • Check your air filters inside your air handler to confirm they’re not blocking things up.
    • Are your room heating registers open and clear?

If you’ve worked through this checklist and you still need a heat pump maintenance check, call Watts Electric & A/C Inc at 601-736-7362 and we’ll restore your home back to the warm and cozy place you expect this time of year.