Heat pumps are truly amazing. Don’t you feel lucky as a heat pump owner, having a “one system fits all” solution to all the weather problems that we encounter? From chilly spring nights to those warm May days, your heat pump has your back no matter what. It’s a really great feeling and we urge all those prospective heat pump owners to hop onboard and join the team!
However, one important thing we need to talk about is the reversing switch and the reversing valve. Your heat pump can indeed heat and cool your home but it needs to be prompted to do one over the other. For instance, if heat pumps in Columbia Valley are set on heating mode because of the chilly night temperatures, but they’re not switched over using the reversing switch, they can’t cool your home when temperatures rise during the day.
You’ll need to manually switch the system over to cooling mode. We’ll show you how to do that today!
How It Works
Before we get into the specifics of your heat pump’s cooling and heating modes, we need to talk about how the system works in general. For the uninitiated, or for new fans of heat pumps, they work by cycling refrigerant from one coil to the other much in the same way that a central air conditioner does. However, there’s one key difference with a heat pump that a central AC doesn’t have. That’s the ability to reverse the flow of refrigerant and essentially turn an air conditioner into a heater.
By utilizing the reversing valve, and the switch that reverses the flow, your heat pump will start to draw heat from the outside and disperse it inside your home, running as a reliable heater at a very high efficiency. In order for this process to work properly, the reversing valve and switch need to be adjusted by you, the homeowner!
Just flip the switch from heating mode to cooling mode, and vice versa, and your thermostat should be able to do the rest.
Is There a Problem?
We wish it were just as simple as flipping a switch and everything working out alright, but things rarely end up that easy. Sometimes you might flip the switch from heating to cooling mode, only to find that the temperature is quickly rising in your home and it doesn’t feel like the AC is on. What’s happening? Has your heat pump suddenly turned into a furnace and is unable to provide AC?
Well no, your heat pump can probably still cool your home if it just used the same process to heat it. There’s likely something wrong with the reversing valve. This component is in charge of reversing the flow of refrigerant so that your system can go from a heater to an air conditioner.
Luckily, problems with the reversing switch and the reversing valve aren’t complicated. They’re too complicated for a normal homeowner to perform on their own, but they’re extremely simple and affordable for a professional to fix. So, just give our team a call and let us replace your reversing valve or switch so your heat pump can start working again!
Call Shift Air Mechanical B.C. Shift Air tests, doesn’t guess!