Ambient thermostat on heatpump

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Ambient thermostat on heatpump

Postby avellino » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:02 am

Sorry guys, but I am a newbie..hence appologizing ahead of time if this is a "stupid" question

**also, I posted this in teh residential forum as well ...not sure which forum was the right one **

Coleman 2.5 ton heatpump, unit is 9 years old

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The outdoor thermostat next to the capacitor in the service area of the heatpump, is currently set at 5 Far, meaning -15 Cel

Yet, even at -12 C temperatures, the heatpump doesn’t run, only the auxiliary heat runs (furnace)

I need to manually move the thermostat up / down, to kick off the heatpump again.

Does the thermostat need replacement or the fact that it is a few degrees off, it is not the end of the world?

I can provide some digital pictures if someone needs them to help further
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- Ambient thermostat on heatpump

Postby 4ftBanger » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:42 pm

Typically when the outdoor temperature is below the setpoint of the low ambient lockout the outdoor unit does not run - When the outdoor temperature rises above the setpoint (plus deadband) the outdoor unit is able to run in heat mode. As long as this switch still happens automatically - without adjusting the setpoint - then the control probably doesn't need to be replaced.
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