heat pump issues..
Ill keep this short and sweet. My heat pump hasnt cooled properly all season long and wasnt great in the winter with the heating but still worked.
Checked to see if anything was blocked – no.
Thinking maybe low freon. Is there anything else I can check? Is it possible that an electrical problem could cause this. I have an understanding of electricity, just not enough of a heat pump yet to know what problems would yield which symptoms.
It would be best to get it serviced and have the freon levels checked. There is nothing electrical that can cause your symptoms, assuming the unit is coming on as expected when the thermostat "calls".
How old is the unit? They have a finite lifetime, and a unit that's over 15 years old or so may be worn out.
Have you checked your filters?
I dont know the age, I have been in the house 1.5 years and by the looks of it its maybe 15 years old.I dont see any filters on the unit itself... i have cleaned all the filters inside on the furnace.I just want to check all that I can, it seems it will cost almost 200$ just to have someone over not including repairs so I am worried this can get pricey...
A relatively simple test, but also very rough test, you can do before calling someone is to check the temperature of the suction pipe going into the compressor. If it has ice on it or below about 35F you are likely OK for freon but need to recheck for air flow blockages or even a loose belt on the blower.
Soemtimes filters are hard to find, esp if it it a package unit.
re: I am worried this can get pricey - have seen folks talk about charging up to $100 per pound of freon on service calls these days (wholesale with license is about $8)
Check the outside coil for dirt. Mine was low on coolant, but cleaning the coil helped as well.http://grantlogan.net
.......nature abhors a vacuum cleaner.....
Yeah, I agree. double check the condenser coil for dirt (the unit sucks in from the sides and out the top. My guess knowing nothing else is that you are low on refrigerant and simply need to recharge ... just like A/C in your car.