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Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Help


Heat pumps may not look like the systems you think of when you picture an air conditioner but they are similar to their centralized system cousins in that they still need repairs. While a heat pump can operate without ductwork and provide different options for your comfort, it doesn’t mean they are immune to repair needs.

If you have a heat pump system in your home, you should know how great these systems are. Along with that, you probably want to ensure yours keeps working for as long as possible. To do that, you should always schedule your heat pump AC repair in Milton, FL in a timely manner.

Here are some warning signs to watch for so you know when to make the call.

Warning Signs of Heat Pump Repair Needs

Your heat pump will exhibit some indicators that it needs repairs that are similar to a central AC and some that are different. It is good to have a working knowledge of the most common warnings signs of a repair need in your heat pump so you know when to schedule service.

  • Reduced airflow: This may apply to one or more air handlers in your home, depending on whether or not you use ductwork. If you do use ductwork, low airflow may indicate a problem with a duct leak. With or without ducts, low airflow may also indicate filter or blower fan problems.
  • Warm air: Maybe your heat pump is producing a nice steady flow of air but that air is room temperature at best and warm at worst. This could be caused by problems with your refrigerant, or by a stuck reversing valve.
  • Loud noises: Your heat pump is made to operate silently, or as close to it as possible. If instead, you notice your system is emitting loud, concerning noises such as rattling, screeching, hissing, clicking, or buzzing, you’ll want to schedule a repair service ASAP as these noises can be caused by a variety of issues.
  • Signs of a leak: When you look at the area around your air handler are you noticing dripping water or signs of a leak on the wall? This isn’t normal and could indicate a refrigerant leak, an iced-over evaporator coil, or a clogged condensate drain.
  • Spiking energy bills: Your energy bills will fluctuate a bit according to your system use but they should spike aggressively anytime you use your heat pump. If you are noticing excessive energy bills, it means something is messing with your heat pump’s energy efficiency.
  • Short-cycling: The average cooling cycle in your heat pump AC is going to be around 15 minutes. If your system turns on and shuts off after less than 10 minutes then it is known as a problem called short cycling. This means something in your system is causing it to shut off before it finishes a full cooling cycle which harms your system and your comfort.

If your heat pump is having trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out for help from a professional technician. Contact Commander Air to schedule an appointment. Your hometown heating and cooling specialist for three generations.

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