The days are getting colder, which means you’re probably relying on your heat pump more and more often in order to stay comfortable. More demand means more strain on the system, which means a greater chance of problems developing. The sooner you catch these problems, the more damage to the system you’ll be able to prevent. Keep an eye out for the following signs that your heat pump is in trouble.
A drop in heating output is not a good sign for any heating system. There are a couple of different reasons why this might be happening to your heat pump. It’s possible you have a leak in the refrigerant line, which is draining the fluid that your system needs to operate. It’s also possible that there is ice building up on the outside of the heat pump, preventing it from properly siphoning thermal energy. If your heat pump is refusing to heat at all, it’s also possible that the reversing valve is broken. This can lock the heat pump into air conditioning mode. No matter what, you should have a professional examine the system if it isn’t heating.
If you’ve had your heat pump for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the kinds of sounds that it normally makes. Strange sounds are an indication that something is wrong with the system. Grinding sounds often mean that your air handler motor is overheating. Hissing and gurgling indicate air bubbles in the refrigerant line, which means there’s a leak somewhere that needs to be patched. Any noises that seem out of the ordinary should warrant a visit by a professional technician.
Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers heat pump repairs throughout Potomac, MD. Call today to set up an appointment with one of our heat pump repair experts.