Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

The Benefits of Heat Pump Installation

Monday, September 26th, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you have a lot of different options to choose from. Each home heating system has its own set of pros and cons, and is suited to a different set of individual needs. It’s important that you narrow down which heating system is the right one for your unique situation before having one installed. Read on to find out more about heat pumps, how they work, and the advantages that they can offer you.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is constructed less like a heater and more like an air conditioner. Two units evaporate and condense refrigerant to move heat from one place to another, just like an air conditioner does. The difference is that heat pumps have a reversing valve, which allows them to change the direction that refrigerant flows through the system. By doing this, the heat pump can act as either a heater or air conditioner.

Advantages of Heat Pumps

By using a heat pump all year-round, you are condensing two different climate control functions into one system. That’s immensely helpful when it comes to saving space and money on climate control. Heat pumps are also quite a bit more energy efficient than most combustion based heating systems. They don’t have to burn fuel to generate heat, and so they don’t cost nearly as much to heat the home. They also don’t produce any toxic combustion byproducts, like some furnaces and boilers do. If you’re looking for a way to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable at the same time, you should consider installing a heat pump system in your home.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers heat pump installation services throughout Gaithersburg, MD. If you need heat pump services, call today to schedule an appointment.

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Why Your Heat Pump Output is Low

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The very last thing you want to have happen during a record-breaking summer heatwave is to have your heat pump output drop. If your heat pump isn’t putting out as much cool air as it should be, there could be a number of different reasons why. Let’s take a look at some of the more common reasons why your heat pump output might be low, and what can be done to fix them.

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When to Replace Your Heat Pump

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Heat pumps can last a fairly long time, if they are properly taken care of. However, no matter how well you treat your heat pump, you will eventually need a new one. What’s important is that you be able to properly identify when your heat pump is reaching the end of its life. If the system can’t get you through another summer, you’re going to want to replace it before the truly hot weather hits. That is, unless you enjoy suddenly being without cooling during a record-breaking heat wave. Let’s take a look at some signs that you need to replace your heat pump.

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What It Means When Your Heat Pump Ices Over

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

If you have a heat pump installed in your home, you may have noticed ice building up on the outside unit while it’s running. This isn’t an emergency, per se, or even necessarily a problem. However, it can quickly become an issue under the right circumstances. Read on to find out why ice forms on your heat pump, and when to call for repairs.

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Heat Pump Problems to Watch for

Monday, November 16th, 2015

With cold weather here again, homeowners are going to start relying on their heating systems on a daily basis to keep them warm. If you are using a heat pump to keep warm this winter, there are some problems that you need to watch out for. The sooner you call for repairs, the better off your system will be. So let’s go over some of the signs to look for that indicate a problem with your heat pump.

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Advantages of Installing a Heat Pump this Fall

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new heating system this fall, the number of options can be a little overwhelming. The more you know about each option, though, the better equipped you’ll be to make a decision. With that in mind, let’s take a look at heat pumps and the advantages they offer.

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Common Heat Pump Problems to Watch For

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular, thanks to the unique advantages that they provide to homeowners. Just like any other system, however, they occasionally develop problems. The faster you can recognize problems with your heat pump, the faster you’ll be able to get them repaired and the more damage you’ll be able to prevent. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some common heat pump problems to watch out for.

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The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Central air conditioning has plenty of benefits, which is why it’s the single most popular form of air conditioning in the country. However, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best option for everybody. There are a wide variety of ways to keep your home cool during the summer, one of which is ductless air conditioning. Let’s take a look at what ductless air conditioning is, and the benefits that you can garner from installing it in your home.

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Why You Should Install a Heat Pump this Summer

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Traditional air conditioning has much to recommend it, which is why it’s still the number-1 home cooling solution in the country. However, it is not the only solution on the market. There are still a number of other home cooling systems, each with its own set of unique advantages to offer. Heat pumps are one of those system types. Read on to find out more about heat pumps, and how one can benefit you this summer.

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Why Tune Up a Heat Pump in the Fall: Heating Guide

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Heat pumps work as an effective alternative to air conditioning, and make a good fit in towns like Gaithersburg. Their versatility is one of their big selling points: cooling the air in  your home in the summertime and heating the air in the winter time. Like any other mechanical device, a heat pump requires routine tune-up and maintenance in order to function at peak capacity. A reliable tune-up helps ensure good air flow and better temperature control, as well as identifying potential problems and addressing them before they get out of hand. The fall months usually make an ideal time to turn up a heat pump. Why? A few of the most common reasons can be found below.

  • Convenience. Heat pumps perform double duty by cooling your house in the summer and warming it in the winter. A tune-up conducted during any of those months may leave you without the heat pump just when you need it the most. The fall months feature mild weather and moderate temperatures: the ideal time to conduct any repairs without sacrificing your comfort levels.
  • Timing. A tune-up in the fall gives you the maximum amount of time to take care of any repairs that may be needed. In the summer, you never know when another heat wave may be just around the corner, while the winter may bring a sudden cold spell necessitating a reliable source of heating. Tune-ups made during that time are always fighting the clock in an effort to finish before the heat pump has to go to work. The fall provides a respite to let you schedule any repairs with greater flexibility and lets the service technician do the job right.
  • Regularity. Regular maintenance is key not only to keeping you heat pump running, but increasing its longevity and allowing it to provide reliable service for some time to come. Setting such maintenance calls for the same time every year establishes a regularity that makes it easier to remember year in and year out.

If you have a heat pump that needs a tune-up this fall, talk to Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating to set up an appointment. We handle heating repair in Gaithersburg and throughout the surrounding area, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

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