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Winter Heat Pump Problems You Should Know

Heat pumps are more likely to develop problems during the winter, when the daily demand on them is high. More demand means more wear on the system, which means a greater chance for problems to occur over time. If and when one of these problems occurs in your heat pump, it’s in your best interest to have it fixed as soon as possible. Let’s go over some of the ways that you can identify if your heat pump has a problem that needs fixing.

Ice Buildup

Ice will likely build up on the outside of the heat pump as a natural side effect of its heating process. This isn’t necessarily a problem, unless the ice starts to cover most of the outside unit. This will cut off the system’s access to the thermal energy in the air around it, which it needs to heat the home. Ice buildup can also cause other issues over time, including breakdowns. It’s important that you call for repairs if it seems like your system is slowly being encased in ice.

Dropping Output

Dropping output from your heat pump could be due to a number of different things. It could be due to the ice buildup mentioned above, or it could be because of a refrigerant leak. If the system is only blowing cold air instead of warm, it could be because of a problem with the system’s reversing valve that’s locking it into air conditioning mode. No matter what is causing it, though, it’s an indication of a serious problem. If your heat pump isn’t warming as well as it should be, don’t ignore it. Call a professional to examine it.

SPS Mechanical Inc. offers comprehensive heat pump repair services throughout West Deptford, NJ.  If you need heat pump repairs, call today for an appointment.

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