Carrier heat pump making buzzing noise no cool air (compressor not running)

by Susan
(Fort Mill, SC)

In the winter I had a reversing valve leaking and it was replaced. Now my carrier heat pump is making a buzzing noise. (Compressor??) wont start but the fan is still running and there is no cool air.

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Dec 08, 2016
Possibility is it's Normal
by: Anonymous

The buzzing sound COULD be related to its defrosting cycle. Not sure, because I can't hear it.

Dec 10, 2013
carrier heat pump making buzzing noise no cool air (compressor not running)
by: Frank

If you have a bad run capacitor for the fan or a bad fan, it will prevent the compressor from running so as to avoid damaging it.

Jun 22, 2013
Compressor contactor
by: Anonymous

That description sounds like a classic compressor contactor problem.

The buzzing noise comes from the contactor trying to close. Whenever the heat pump receives a call for cooling or heating, the control mechanism is the contactor. It receives a control signal from the thermostat and it closes (completes) the electrical circuit for the compressor.

If you are not an electrician or technician, I wouldn't recommend replacing it yourself. But a contactor is an easy fix and shouldn't be too expensive. Let us know if there are any more details or if that is the problem!

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