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Its probably not the thermostat. The air conditioner may be stuck on heating mode. If its a reverse cycle, the reversing valve may be jammed so even when the thermostat is calling for cold air, it stays on heat. If the machine is on heating mode, it should be blowing cold air out of the outdoor unit of the air con. If its on cooling mode, the outdoor should be blowing hot air.
A heat pump on the optimal heating day (about 50 degrees ambient) will only deliver approximately 85 degree air as compared to 125 degree air from a fossil fueled furnace. The colder the outdoor air is the less heat there is available to be transferred to the living space. At 30 degrees, the heat transfer capability is getting close to negligible meaning the run cycles will be approaching continuous and eventually as the heat pump along cannot maintain setpoint, the outdoor stat or stats will bring on auxilliary heat in the air handler.
If your ambient temp is below the 'balance point' of the heat pump, the house temp will drop a little lower and most times energize the heat strips through the outdoor t-stat. Your outdoor stat could be set too low for the heat pump to carry the structure all the way down to the balance point so when you turn it off and back on, the lower indoor temp automatically brings on the heat pump plus a heat strip or two, thus the warmer air. Second stage on the stat satisfies due to the heat strip, drops them out of the circuit and the heat pump is left running on first stage heat delivering the perceived cold air.
Your outdoor stat could also be not functioning correctly and not allowing the heaters to come on until the system is turned back on reestablishing the two stage call for heat.
Tons of possibilities and not enough room to list....
There probably isn't a reset button=magic fix. With it in heat pump mode and tstat set above indoor temp, check your outdoor unit to see if it's operating. If not, check all breakers to it. Can you see any ice accumulated on the outdoor unit? If it is running and not producing heat, turn the tstat to emergency/auxiliary heat. and the heat pump turned off to prevent damage. You'll need a service tech.
Find a reputable HVAC contractor to do a
room by room analysis with heat and cooling loads calculated and units
sized and duct requirements and compare to what you have.
The air not being cold is not necessarily an indicator of anything
malfunctioning. High efficiency units for instance don't produce cold
Since you have had someone look at it, the duct
work may be collapsed which restricts air flow or uninsulated which
warms up the supply air. Either one is a possibility. Any Cox Cable guys
been stompin' around your attic lately? Wouldn't be the first time.
Usually, when the air coming out of the vents is not cold enuf it's because your freon level is low. Probably leaking, but they can usually recharge the freon and it will work for a while. Try another repair company and see if they can recheck the freon level.
We have a high efficiency unit and it produces cold air, so I don't know what previous poster is referring to. Air conditioners are supposed to blow cold air.
Sorry, to tell ya but it is normal if the outdoor temperatures are much
below 45 degrees. Below 45 degrees there is little heat outdoors for the
heat pump to grab to heat the home so it will run 24/7 and blow cool or
cold air. Below 45 the temp of the air coming out the vent will decline
and you will get no heat from the heat pump itself as you near
Your emergency heat or auxiliary heat is electric strip heat. But it
only kicks in during normal operation if the temp in the house drops 3
degrees below the setting. (some tstats if can be 5 deg.) Otherwise the
heat pump will blow cool or cold air the rest of the time if it is too
To prevent it from running all the time and blowing cold it is
recommended if the temp outside is falling below 45 degrees you should
just switch to the emergency heat setting, which shuts the pump outdoors
off, and just heat with the electric.
But if there is no heat outside the heat pumps will blow cold. They are
the cheapest and most efficient forms of heat but only as long as the
outdoor temp is above that 45 deg..
I'm guessing that if you haven't experienced this you live in some place
with moderate winter temperatures like in Northern Florida and rarely
get very cold winter temps like the freezing you have seen there
It will likely blow much warmer when the outdoor temp rises.
Yes. The defrost cycle of a heat pump is actually turning on your airconditioning to heat up the condenser to thaw it out. During this cycle your electric strip heaters "should" be adequate enough to compensate for the a/c being on. At about 30 - 34 degrees outdoor temp there is not enough heat in the air to to adequately heat your home with the heat pump only. Some technitions will use an outdoor thermostat to turn off the heat pump when it is under 34 degrees outside. If you are to cold when its under 34 degrees intall more electric strip heaters.. But if you do this your electric bill may go up significantly.
Welcome to the wonderful world of electric heat pumps (lol).
If the outdoor unit is in defrost mode the compressor will be running but the outdoor fan will not. You may even see some steam rising from the coils. This mode is to prevent frost or ice build up on the outdoor coil. Essentially it goes into cooling mode w/o the outdoor fan running.