I live in the Northeast area of the US, and my emergency heat on my furnace/ac is broken. Can I get thru the winter months without fixing it?

  • That depends on (a) what the heat-pump does if it gets really cold and there is no emergency heat (i.e., does it do nothing at all or does it produce "some heat but not enough") and (b) how cold it gets. (b) most definitely varies year to year, but on average Washington, DC is quite different from Boston. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Dec 2 '20 at 5:40
  • Electric, gas or oil? – Lee Sam Dec 2 '20 at 5:51
  • @LeeSam The unit runs on electric – user1187968 Dec 2 '20 at 5:55
  • Yes, no, maybe. What else can we say? We don’t know exactly how the weather will be. We don’t know how well your house is built - construction quality, insulation etc. vtc. – Solar Mike Dec 2 '20 at 6:09
  • I live in Maryland in a townhouse. – user1187968 Dec 2 '20 at 6:09

I would call in an HVAC company that is versed in heat pump repair. Since we do not know what is wrong with the electric back up heat we can only guess. The problem may be as simple as a bad sequencing relay, broken or loose wire, or a bad heat strip. Instead of being cold, I would get it serviced.

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