Re: heat stops then blows cold air for several minutes.
There is a board inside the ac, its almost like a motherboard, if it goes bad that will start to happen the arent too cheap to buy but they are easy to fix when you take the wires off of it make sure you put them back on the new one the same way you took them off the oold one
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Most air cons now have temperature sensors all over the machine. When it reaches temp on heat cycle, the machine usually shuts down both indoor and outdoor units but the indoor unit will keep running for a few minutes with the fan on only to cool the indoor unit down. This prevents the unit reading the wrong temperature. It stops the sensor(s) reading the heat from the indoor unit rather than the heat in the air in the room.
Sounds like the thermostat, the way to verify is to unplug indoor unit, remove thermostat, take pic of wiring with phone or label the wires as to the terminals. Carefully twist the yellow,(Y) Red (R) and the green (G) together. Plug the furnace back in, if the unit operates normally, replace the thermostat. I am basing this on the fact that the blower speed is changing. This could also be an anomaly within the circuit board in the furnace section, not likely though as the outside unit (condenser) is not controlled n by the indoor board unless this is a heat pump. hope this helps. D
THE OUTSIDE FAN MOTOR MIGHT NOT BE WORKING CAUSING THE COMPRESSOR TO GET HOT AND TRIP THE INTERNAL OVERLOAD IN THE COMPRESSOR - IF THE UNIT IS LOW IN FREON SAME RESULTS - WHEN UNIT IS FIRST TURNED ON DOES IT BLOW COLD AIR OR DOES THE AIR NOR FEEL COOL - JUST COOL AIR COULD BE LOW FREON - COLD THEN WARMS UP IS FAN PROBLEM
Check wiring done correctly. Symbolsin remote:
To get proper cold air set temp 23 degree and mode"cool". To get heat set temp 30 degree and mode in "Heat"
Now symbols: 1. fan leaves - Fan only 2. Rain drop- Dry mode 3. Snow flake-Cool mode 4. Sun- Heat 5. A or AU- Auto mode.
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.
See if you can reposition the thermister on the facing of the evaporator coils. That could be it or the thermister might be bad. They don't use copper/mercury sensing bulbs these days. They use these cheap thermisters.
Sounds like there is a problem with your unit. The cooling tower doesn't have anything to do with the compressor other that the delivery of water to your heat pump. The compressor is probably shutting off on a low pressure because the water is cooler than in summer. I think the heat pump you have is low on charge or has a defunct TXV.