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Heat Pump Problems and Electrical Power

How to Troubleshoot Heat Pump Problems: My heat pump isn’t working right, is there a problem with the home electrical service or local utility transformer and the heat pump circuit breaker?


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[ad#block]Electrical Question: My heat pump isn’t working right, is there a problem with the home electrical service or local utility transformer and the heat pump circuit breaker?

Thank you.

This electrical question came from: Edward, from Grants Pass, Oregon.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Edward.

How to Troubleshoot Heat Pump Problems

Application: Heat Pump Problem and Evaluating a Home Electric Service Panel.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester and amp meter or load recorder.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and age of the electric service panel and the access to the circuits to be evaluated.
Precaution: This is a project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specifications in accordance with the local utility company or electric service provider.
Notice: Making changes to the Home Electrical Service Panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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One Response to “Heat Pump Problems and Electrical Power”
  1. Ken MacDonald says:

    Rheem 4 ton heat pump-in cooling mode did not go back on. I was told by the service man that came out that it was the transformer. He offered to replace it for $340.00. I found the exact same transformer online for $28 including shipping so have ordered it. I can replace the transformer myself. The rest of the circuit is live-went through it with a multi meter. It seem that the problem is electrical as there was no mechanical indication of failure: sounds, grinding, etc. The compressor is new, fan outside is new, fan inside turns like butter, had a surge protector installed four years ago.

    What else could the problem be? I have new thermostat installed and will find out when the transformer comes.