If your home has a heat pump for year-round comfort, you’re probably looking forward to switching it to cooling mode if you haven’t done so already. Although heat pumps are quite dependable, sometimes they run into problems. That’s why it pays to know the signs that you have a need for heat pump repair that shouldn’t wait. Let’s go over some common problems that heat pumps can experience and what can cause them.
It Won’t Switch to Cooling Mode
A heat pump that won’t switch to cooling mode can be especially frustrating for homeowners. When it’s hot out, the last thing you want is a blast of hot air from your heat pump. Some homeowners worry that it’s a permanent state and that their heat pump won’t ever function as an air conditioner again. But it can actually be a relatively easy fix.
The issue with a heat pump that won’t switch modes is usually because of the reversing valve. This component is what allows your heat pump to switch between heating and cooling in the first place. The HVAC technician should be able to replace this faulty component and voila, you’re back to enjoying the cool comfort that your heat pump provides.
It’s Short Cycling
Short cycling makes itself apparent rather quickly. You’ll notice it when it seems like your heat pump is running all the time but your home isn’t getting any cooler. That’s because when it’s short cycling, the heat pump is unable to complete a cooling cycle. It’ll turn on, run for 5-10 minutes, then turn itself off. In a short while, it’ll attempt the whole process again, engaging in a vicious cycle.
Short cycling is something that needs to be addressed quickly. That’s because short cycling causes a lot of wear and tear to the system. The first thing you can try is cleaning the air filter. Sometimes a heat pump will short cycle when it doesn’t have good airflow because of a clogged filter. If that doesn’t help, it’s time to call us to address the problem
It’s Making Unusual Noises
A heat pump’s operation should be fairly noiseless. When a heat pump starts making a noticeable ruckus, it’s trying to let you know that something is wrong. Hearing sudden and unusual noises from your heat pump is a situation that warrants getting it checked out ASAP.
The kinds of noises you don’t want to hear a heat pump make include banging, hissing, bubbling, booming, and the sound of metal on metal. These noises could be an indication of anything from a low refrigerant level, restricted airflow, or a loose part that’s banging around. For any noise that’s out of the ordinary, give us a call.
When you have a home with a heat pump, you need a team that can keep your system running smoothly. That’s where we come in. We’ll get your heat pump back to optimal condition with our prompt repair services.