3 Common Heat Pump Problems To Look Out For This Winter
On December, 12, 2018
This winter has definitely been one for the history books, and it looks like the cold has no intention of abating anytime soon. With the uncharacteristically low temperatures we have been receiving this winter, most homeowners have their heating systems working overtime in order to keep their homes at the right level of comfort for their families and themselves, and all of that hard work can definitely start to take its toll as winter drags on and on. These low temperatures can be especially problematic if your home uses a heat pump for all of your heating and cooling needs throughout the year. While a heat pump can be a highly efficient way to heat and cool your home, especially in some of the more temperate areas like ours, they can start to struggle when the outdoor temperatures start to plummet like we have been seeing lately. These low temperatures can put your system into overdrive trying to compensate, and all of that additional strain can lead to a number of different issues that you need to be on the lookout for, otherwise you would easily find yourself and your family without heat entirely. In an effort to help you stay on top of your heat pump maintenance this winter season, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a few of the most common issues that tend to arise with Peachtree City heat pumps and what you need to do in order to have them corrected.
Your Heat Pump Isn’t Turning On
If your heat pump is failing to come on entirely, the cause of the issue likely lies in your thermostat or the actual feed that supplies power to your unit. When this is the case, you will want to first check the electrical panel or any other sub-panels that might supply power to the unit and make sure they haven’t tripped. If you notice that the breakers sending power to your heat pump are continually tripping, don’t try to force them to stay on, as this can be a serious electrical hazard. If you don’t notice any issues with the breakers, look for any frayed wires around your unit, and if any are present, it is always a good idea to pick up the phone and leave the work to a team of heating repair professionals who can get the job done safely.
Your Heat Pump Isn’t Producing Sufficient Heat
Your heat pump functions basically by pulling heat from the outside air and transferring it into your home, but there are a number of factors that can actually cause your system to output an inadequate amount of heat. Inadequate heating can be due to a variety of different factors, ranging from blocked air ducts, dirty filters, lower thermostat settings, poor refrigerant flow, or even faulty valves. In order to get to the root of the problem, it is usually best to call in a professional and have them inspect your system to get to the bottom of the issue as quickly as possible. This will ensure that you and your family can get your home back to the level of comfort you desire as quickly as possible.
Strange Sounds Coming From Your Heat Pump
Strange sounds coming from your heat pump are a surefire indicator that you have an issue, but sometimes these noises can be tough to distinguish from the usual noises your system makes during operation. Uncharacteristic rattling could be an indication that you have a loose part somewhere in your system, which is a fairly simple fix. On the other hand, more sever noises like grinding or squealing could be an indication that your motor bearings are worn out, which can be a much more complex issue to solve. Learning which noises mean what can be difficult, but identifying which noises are the result of normal use and which ones are out of place can potentially save you a great deal of money by helping to identify when you have a problem early. Call our Peachtree City HVAC team at American Freedom Heating & Air today!