How to repair a HEAT PUMP — in seven easy steps!

Winter is about half over and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the end of this heating season (especially the New England area and all their snow). I  figured a little “just for fun” post might be needed about this time — ENJOY!

Although the title says heat pump, this applies to all equipment out there. I found this many years ago and it was originally published in the Ambient News by the R.S.E.S. Alabama State Association. It all comes down competence and that comes from training and knowledge. Instead of  heat pump, feel free to substitute whatever your main focus of equipment is (packaged units, furnaces, etc).  You’ll see this applies to anything.


Sooner or later, everyone is plagued with a heat pump that won’t work.  The problem may be a loose connection, a defective part, misuse, or just plain old age. If you are a service technician, you may want to try the following techniques. These methods aren’t guaranteed to bring results, but they will give you something to do while deciding how much to charge the customer.

STEP 1: Approach the machine with a confident manner. This will give the machine the mistaken idea you now something. It will also impress anyone who might be looking, and, if it should suddenly start working, you will be credited with the repair. If this fails, proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Wave the manual at the heat pump. This will make it assume you are familiar with the source of knowledge. If this fails, proceed to STEP 3.

STEP 3: In a forceful manner, recite OHM’s Law to the heat pump. (Before taking this step, be sure you know Ohm’s Law). This will prove to the heat pump you know something. If the machine still isn’t impressed, proceed to Step 4.

STEP 4: JAB  the unit slightly. This may require anything from a 3 to 6 lb. hammer. However, you must be careful with this step and not damage the pad.

STEP 5: Wave a large screwdriver in a menacing manner. This will show the machine that you know the deadly short-circuit technique.

STEP 6: If nothing else works, add some refrigerant. This should confuse the heat pump and increase your advantage.

STEP 7: If the heat pump has no sentimental value and you’re sick and tired of messing with it, try to sell a new one. However, if you want to make a last-ditch effort to save it, call your favorite factory representative, and do not display further ignorance by presenting the customer with a bill at this time.

About yorkcentraltechtalk

I have been in the HVAC industry most of my life. I worked 25 years for contractors on anything from residential to large commercial boilers and power burners. For the past 23+ years I had been employed by York International UPG Division ( a division of Johnson Controls) as a Technical support/Service Manager but I am now retired. One of my goals has always been to "educate" dealers and contractors. The reason for starting this blog was to share some knowledge, thoughts, ideas, etc with anyone who takes the time to read it. The contents of this blog are my own opinions, thoughts, experiences and should not be construed as those of Johnson Controls York UPG in any way. I hope you find this a help. I always welcome comments and suggestions for postings and will do my best to address any thoughts, questions, or topics you may want to hear about. Thanks for taking the time to read my postings! Mike Bishop
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2 Responses to How to repair a HEAT PUMP — in seven easy steps!

  1. john bach says:

    very funny, DOES IT WORK ????? lol.

  2. MichaelZ says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU for shaking things up today !!!!! Only been an avid follower only for a few months…. Your Information is always great !!! Always enjoy reading your articles ! Thank you again. (Still giggling…..)

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