If you own a heat pump, you are certainly aware of its benefits: it’s versatile, efficient, and highly effective at providing you with year-round comfort. This winter has been quite cold, so if you have been experiencing issues with your heat pump, it is best to schedule repairs as soon as possible.
The best way to keep your heat pump running optimally for years to come is to schedule prompt repairs. But, what if you are unsure about whether or not to pick up that phone? Well, you’ve come to the right spot. In today’s blog, we have provided a quick guide to help you determine whether or not you need repair services. In any case, you will have to contact your local HVAC technician who can pinpoint and correct any issue you may be experiencing. Keep reading below to learn more.
Your Guide to Heat Pump Repair
- The inability to switch modes: Owning a heat pump grants you the ability to switch between cooling and heating mode with just one HVAC system. If you are unable to switch between the two, it could be an issue with your thermostat or a broken reversing valve, which would have to be replaced. A professional can determine the source of your problem and take the steps necessary to resolve it.
- Icing: A heat pump works much like an AC, relying on refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. If ice begins to develop along with the indoor or outdoor coil, it indicates that the coil has become overly dirty or that there is a refrigerant leak. You can’t resolve this issue by scraping off the ice. A repair technician will have to detach and clean the coils, or seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant.
- Reduced airflow: If you’ve noticed a reduction in airflow, there is likely an issue with the air handler itself. If there is an issue with the fan motor, it can cut into the fan’s power and reduce airflow. A clogged air filter can also result in a loss of airflow.
- Short cycling: Short cycling is when your heat pump repeatedly turns on and off without completing a full heating cycle. Short cycling puts a lot of stress on your system and is extremely inefficient. It is best to contact a professional right away should you notice this issue.
- Increased utility bills: If you are paying more and more each month to heat or cool your home, it suggests that your heat pump is in trouble. Higher bills indicate that your system has become inefficient and requires attention. Keep a close eye on your bills and contact a professional if you notice any changes.