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Heat Pump Issues You Should Know About

Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to provide both heating and cooling functions. Many homeowners are using their heat pumps on a daily basis to keep cool during these warm summer months. Along with that increased load, though, comes the increased chance of problems cropping up. Since you can prevent more damage to your heat pump the faster you react to problems, let’s examine some common issues you should know about.

Short-Cycling

This is what happens when your heat pump starts turning itself on and off every couple of minutes. It is an extremely damaging behavior, which shortens the system’s lifespan and increases the chance of a breakdown by locking it into the most stressful part of the start up cycle. This can be caused by a couple of different things, including a malfunctioning compressor or faulty thermostat. Regardless of the cause, though, it is of the utmost importance that you have it repaired immediately.

Loss of Output

If your heat pump just isn’t putting out as much cool air as it should, there could be a number of different problems at fault. The refrigerant level could be low, which indicates a leak somewhere in the system. The evaporator coil could be frozen over, which is easy to check. No matter what, though, loss of output is a sign that your heat pump needs professional attention.

Stuck in One Mode

One of the best things about heat pumps is their ability to switch between heating and cooling modes. If the heat pump gets stuck in one mode or another, though, it is almost guaranteed to be a problem with the reversing valve. Either the slide in the valve is stuck, or the solenoid needs replacing.

If your heat pump is having problems, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We repair heat pumps throughout Deptford Township, NJ.

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