If your home has a heat pump, you’re undoubtedly thrilled with its performance. A heat pump is an HVAC workhorse, providing your home with heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.
Although it might seem like your heat pump will work flawlessly forever, just like with any complex machine, its performance can suffer from time to time. Here are 3 common issues that occur with heat pumps. Be sure to have these issues addressed promptly to avoid them becoming major issues and interrupting your AC service.
Short cycling is an annoying problem for many reasons. First, you’ll notice it because it seems like your heat pump is running constantly. However, your home isn’t getting any cooler. That’s because when it’s short cycling, it’s unable to complete a cooling cycle. It will turn on, run for 5-10 minutes, then turn itself off. After a short time, the thermostat will register that your home still isn’t at the desired temperature. It turns on, runs for a while, then shuts off again. It’s a vicious cycle.
Short cycling needs to be fixed quickly because it 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
The Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Cooling Mode
This is a common heat pump issue and one that can be especially frustrating for homeowners who just want their homes to cool down. You may be tempted to call for heating repair service, but just schedule a heat pump appointment. It’s likely that there’s an issue with the reversing valve which is an easy thing for a professional technician to fix.
The issue with a heat pump that won’t switch modes is usually because of this essential component. The aptly named reversing valve is what allows your heat pump to “reverse” from heating and cooling, and vice versa. It should be an easy fix and once it’s replaced, you’ll go be able to enjoy balmy temperatures from your heat pump once again.
The Heat Pump Is Making Strange Noises
A heat pump’s operation should be fairly noiseless. When it starts making unusual noises that are out of the ordinary, it’s letting you know that something is wrong. Hearing sudden and unusual noises from your heat pump is something that should get checked promptly
The types of sounds you may hear can include banging, hissing, bubbling, 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 unusual noises, give us a call and we’ll determine exactly what’s going on.
When you need your heat pump system repaired, call us at any time of the day or night and one of our technicians will soon be heading to your rescue.