18 Nov When the Heat Pump Acts Up, Here’s What to Do
In certain weather regions, choosing a heat pump for your heating and cooling comfort needs offers an energy efficient alternative to separate furnace and air conditioner equipment. Although heat pumps do have a few limitations, especially in extremely cold weather, steps can be followed to ensure your unit operates at peak efficiency while extending your heat pump’s lifespan.
If you begin to have difficulties with your heat pump, performing a few basic checks should be your first step. Whether your unit is not properly warming or cooling your home or has a noisy blower fan, problems may sometimes be corrected with simple maintenance tasks.
Regular replacement of your heat pump’s air filter can be the simplest and most important maintenance aspect within your HVAC system. By replacing a dirty filter, your heat pump’s performance often will improve as a result of increased air flow, allowing smoother operation of the mechanical parts within your unit. Also, your indoor air quality (IAQ) will improve as contaminants from a dirty filter will no longer be recirculating within your home.
A check of your heat pump’s coils and fans for excessive dust and dirt is the next area to look when troubleshooting. Since dirty coils can damage the heat pump’s compressor, keeping your pump clean and the vegetation around the outdoor portion of your unit trimmed is an excellent way to maintain your heat pump in top operating condition.
When trouble persists after your initial corrections then its time to contact a professional who can perform the following steps:
- A complete inspection of your system’s ductwork, coils, fans and blowers, etc. to check for dust, dirt, leaks and more.
- Verification of adequate airflow within your HVAC system.
- Ensuring your heat pump’s refrigerant level is full and is not leaking.
- Correcting any electrical connection issues.
- Lubrication of moving parts.
- Examination of the system’s thermostat.
Airtron Heating and Air Conditioning can help you learn more about your heat pump and what to do if trouble arises. If you are in the Frederick area, contact us for all of your home comfort needs!