We are big proponents of heat pumps around here. These systems really are incredible, providing homeowners with the ability to heat and cool their homes with just one effective, efficient system. These systems are also quite reliable, provided that they are installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. They are the same as any other heating or cooling system in this regard. Where they differ, of course, is that heat pumps don’t just operate during one season of the year.
Because of this, some homeowners worry that the wear and tear on the system is going to result in more frequent repairs than you would need with designated heating or air conditioning system. The real question shouldn’t be whether heat pumps need more repairs, though. It’s if they need more maintenance. And the answer to that is yes. Because one system is doing the heating and cooling, you’ll need a tune-up twice a year.
Signs That You Need Heat Pump Repairs
When you work with our HVAC professionals in Sewell, NJ, you can count on getting a very reliable and effective performance from your heat pump throughout the heating and cooling seasons, year after year. However, it is important to note that even the best systems serviced by the best technicians will encounter operational problems from time to time. When you do find yourself in need of HVAC repairs, and you will eventually, you’ll want to have them completed ASAP. That demands an ability to recognize signs of trouble early on. Keep the following warning signs in mind, and contact us with any concerns that you may have.
- Ice on the heat pump. The level of concern that you have regarding ice on your heat pump is going to vary depending upon the season. It’s actually normal for some ice to develop on a heat pump to a limited degree. Heat pumps draw heat out of the air in the winter and transfer that heat inside. That can lead to condensation freezing up on the unit. This is why heat pumps actually have a defrost cycle that they’ll run automatically. Ice in the summer could mean that you have a refrigerant leak, though. If your system is really icing up in the winter, or if it occurs in the summer, contact us immediately.
- Short cycling. This could occur either in heating or cooling mode. It’s when your system starts up, but only runs briefly before cycling back down. This puts a lot of wear and tear on the system and also wastes energy. The fix could be as simple as swapping out a very dirty air filter, but it could also be something as serious as a refrigerant leak or a faulty run capacitor. Whatever the case, we’ll get to the bottom of the issue and resolve it completely.
- Strange noises. These could be new sounds, like grinding or screeching, or they could be normal operating sounds at an abnormally loud level. Just because your system is still heating or cooling doesn’t mean it’s in great working shape. Ignoring strange sounds gives problems the opportunity they need to get worse and seriously damage your system.