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Signs You Need Heat Pump Repair

Heat pumps are great any time of the year and are especially popular in states with mild winters. Depending on the time of year a heat pump provides heating and cooling from a single unit. Heat pumps are powered by electricity and use refrigerant to keep the system running. During winter, a heat pump pulls heat into your home and pushes cold air outdoors. In the summer, it works in reverse, pulling cool air into the home and pushing hot air outdoors. We want to give you a few tips on how to recognize heat pump issues. Once you can recognize signs you need heat pump repair, contact a professional for heat pump repairs as soon as you notice any warning signs.

Loud Strange Noise

If your heat pump is making strange out of the ordinary noises, it is a common red flag, and you should have a professional check them out as soon as possible. Grinding, rattling, hissing, clicking or other strange sounds are a sign that something inside the heat pump is not working properly. Some noise is common but any new or alarming sounds require immediate repairs by a trained professional to prevent serious AC repairs or AC replacement.

Short Cycling

If your heat pump is constantly shutting on and off a heat pump repair can solve the problem. Short cycling can be caused by a faulty blower, thermostat, or a clogged filter. Short cycling will lead to unnecessary wear and tear and until it is repaired you will be left dealing with a far less efficient unit, possibly leading to earlier than expected AC replacement.

Higher Electricity Bills

If your heat pump is not working properly, then it will work harder to try and heat or cool your home and your electricity bills will reflect this. Higher energy bills with no change in use as you have in the past indicate a heat pump that is in need of maintenance or ac repair services.

Reduced Indoor Comfort

If your heat pump is no longer warming during the winter, or cooling in the summer you may need professional heat pump repair. Weak or no airflow at all when your system is turned on, could be a sign of a compressor issue or a refrigerant leak. If you notice your heat pump is stuck on either cool or heat, this is a sign of a malfunctioning reversing valve. Heat pumps have a reversing valve that control the flow of refrigerant to either provide heat or cool. a malfunctioning system could also be a sign of a dirty, clogged air filter which can lead to multiple issues and poor indoor air quality. Try replacing your filter, and if this does not work contact a professional for heat pump repair.

Heat Pump Ices Up

If your heat pump ices over it can cause damage to the fins, blades and the compressor. When this happens then the unit will shut down to prevent damage to the entire system. A heat pump that ices up during the winter can be a sign that the defrost mechanism is not working or it could be faulty sensors or outdoor fan motor. During the summer if you see ice, it could signal a refrigerant leak, dirty coils or clogged air filter. If you see ice it is always best to call for heat pump repair as soon as possible.

Aging System

If properly maintained a heat pump can last around 15 years. It is inevitable that over time your system will lose efficiency or fail to run properly. If you are calling for heat pump more than usual and your system is older than 15 years, a replacement is recommended because it can be more cost efficient in the long run. \

Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air

Now you have learned more about heat pump issues and signs you need heat pump repair. If you continue to use a heat pump that needs repair, it could cause devastating damage to the unit. Keep in mind that neglecting routine maintenance can also cause your unit to fail and increase your electricity bills. LA Construction, Heating and Air is here to help with all your heat pump needs. Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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