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Watch for These Heat Pump Problems This Summer

Monday, April 25th, 2016

As you start to use your heat pump to keep cool this summer, you’re going to put the system under more and more strain. That dramatically increases the chances for your heat pump to develop problems of one kind or another. If you want to preserve your heat pump as much as possible, you should be familiar with the signs that it needs repairs. Let’s take a look at some of those problems now.

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What to Do if Your Heat Pump Is Struggling in the Cold Weather

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Heat pumps are remarkably efficient home heating systems. As more and more homeowners become aware of this option for heating their homes, heat pumps are rising in popularity. While they are excellent systems in many ways, however, heat pumps do have areas where they struggle. One of those areas is that of extremely cold weather. Here, we’ll cover what to do if your heat pump begins to struggle in the cold weather.

Cause and Effect

The reason that heat pumps tend to struggle in colder weather has to do with their method of heating. A heat pump is not a combustion based system. Instead of burning fuel, a heat pump will move heat from one area to another to heat a space. With most heat pumps, that heat has to come from outside.

There are two parts to every heat pump, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit will siphon heat from the surrounding air and send it inside to heat the home. The problem is that the colder the air gets, the less heat is available. This leads to a loss of heating efficiency the lower the temperature drops. Now, you may be wondering what the point of a heating system is if it can’t deal with the cold. It’s important to remember that we’re talking about sub-zero temperatures here, not a snowy day here and there.

Check the Outdoor Unit

If you aren’t getting enough heat from your heat pump, you should check the outdoor unit first and foremost. Is the outside of the unit casing covered in ice? If so, you may have a broken defrost cycle. As the outdoor unit leeches heat from the air, it creates condensation that then freezes on the outside of the unit. Normally, this isn’t a problem since the heat pump has a defrost cycle to melt the ice. However, if the defrost cycle stops working the unit can ice over completely. When that happens, it has no way to get thermal energy from the air and will start to blow cold air into the house. If you notice a lot of ice on the outside of your heat pump, you should call a professional.

If your heat pump is having issues, call SPS Mechanical Inc. to schedule an appointment with us today. We provide quality heat pump repairs throughout the Deptford Township area.

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How Heat Pumps Provide Warmth for the Winter

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Heat pumps are great devices, providing both heating and cooling for your home. However, understanding how they work can be a bit confusing. These systems can offer your home several benefits, including the ability to both heat and cool your home. Professional heat pump installation is a must when it comes to heat pumps as they are complex devices and require expert knowledge and experience. SPS Mechanical Inc., has been installing heating systems since 1987, and our technicians have the expertise needed for any heating system you may have. If you are ready for a new heating system, call us today.

How a Heat Pump Works

Heat pumps, with the help of refrigerant, transfer heat from one location to another. In the summer months, the refrigerant in the heat pump absorbs the heat from the inside of your home and transfers it outside; during the winter, the refrigerant in the heat pump absorbs the heat surrounding it, concentrates it in the heat exchanger, and distributes it into your home. Heat pumps use a small amount of electricity to do this and no fossil fuels at all.

The reason heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling is due to a component called a reversing valve. This valve allows the heat pump to change the direction of the refrigerant flow, which allows the device to both heat and cool your home.

Benefits of a Heat Pump System

  • High energy efficiency – as stated above, a heat pump only needs a small amount of electricity to operate – approximately 25% of what a whole-home air conditioner uses.
  • Comfortable heating and cooling – a heat pump provides air on in a low volume, continuous flow, which can feel very comfortable to some people.
  • Long lifespan of equipment – the average lifespan for a heat pump averages 20-25 years. When compared to the lifespans of an air conditioner, which is 10-12 years, and a gas furnace, which is 15-20 years, you can see a fairly significant difference.

If you’ve wanted the convenience of a 2-in-1 device, a heat pump in Cherry Hill, NJ may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call SPS Mechanical Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our heat pump installation experts.

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