How To Know If You Need Heat Pump Repair


heat pump repair wilmington ncYour heat pump is the beating heart of your home or business’ heating system. Most of the time it’s doing its job so well that we can take it for granted. We only really spare it a thought when something goes wrong. However, when this occurs it can result in a very involved and costly repair. Very often, a little vigilance is enough to allow us to call in the pros to solve little problems before they become catastrophic and disruptive, either to your business operations or to a harmonious domestic life.

Knowing the early signs that you might need heat pump repair can save you a great deal of time, cost and heartache in the long term. Take the time to inspect your heat pump regularly and look out for…

Old age

Even the best of us struggle to function in later life as well as we did in our younger years. In this regard, we are very similar to our heat pumps. There comes a point where a heat pump may develop problems with increasing frequency. If your heat pump is over 15 years old it needs a close eye keeping on it so that you can spot tiny problems as and when they arise.

Developing Ice On the Coil

Ice on the outdoor unit during heat mode operation is nothing to worry about. It’s actually very common and a normal part of the heat pump heating process. However, if this ice becomes thick, contacts any moving parts or does not periodically defrost then it may be time to have the system looked at. Excessive ice build-up can be an impediment to moving parts and also prevent the regular flow of air through the unit, which brings us to…

Restricted Airflow

Airflow is important to a heat pump. After all, moving air is what makes the equipment keep your home at a steady temperature. If ice buildup, dust or foreign objects are blocking the flow of air out from the heat pump, you’re likely to notice that your home feels less comfortable. If you’ve noticed a reduced airflow, your system may be in need of inspection to identify the cause.

Strange Noises or Clicking

In moderation, strange noises or clicking are fairly common in heating systems. The way a heat pump defrosts is to shift the system from heating to cooling, shut the outdoor fan off and use the heat to thaw the outdoor unit.

When this happens the electric heaters in the air handler will come on to keep the air that’s being blown in the house from becoming excessively cold. Once the unit defrosts, the system will then shift the system back into heat-mode and bring the outdoor fan back on.

When this happens, it is common for the heat and water from melting the ice to create what may look like smoke rising from the top of the system. This is actually just steam and should dissipate within a few seconds. However, if the system goes into this mode very often, and stays in defrost for more than 5-10 minutes or fails to melt the ice from the coil, your system may need a service to check the operation and refrigerant charge.

Auxiliary Heat is constantly or frequently on

The “AUX HEAT” indicator on a thermostat means that the electric heaters in the air handler are on. This is a perfectly normal part of the heat pump operation when the temperature setting and the actual house temperature are two or more degrees apart or the system is in defrost.

However, if you notice that the AUX HEAT indicator is frequently/consistently on it may be that your system needs to be checked for operation.

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Your Bills Keep Going Up, But Temperatures Keep Dropping

If you notice that your home or business feels colder than usual this may be a sign that your heat pump is not functioning as it should. What’s more, if you also notice that your energy bills remain the same or even start to climb, this can be cause for real concern. A drop in air temperature may mean that your heat pump is blowing out cold air even in heat mode. This, in turn, may point to an issue with the reversing valve.

It may mean that your heat pump may be consuming more energy than necessary in an attempt to function properly. In this instance, the longer you wait to get your heat pump checked out, the more it could cost you in the long term.

Do Not Attempt To Repair Your Heat Pump Yourself!

A little vigilance and knowhow can tell you when your heat pump is in need of repair. However, even if you are certain that you know the root cause of the problem, we do not recommend that you attempt to repair it yourself.

Your heat pump is a complex and multifaceted machine and attempting to make repairs can lead to greater damage in the long term or even catastrophic failure in function. Save yourself stress and heartache in the short term (and money in the long term) by calling in the pros!

Salt Air Is Here For All Your Heat Pump Repair Needs

When your household appliances break down, should you repair them or simply buy replacements? This is a vexing question that all homeowners are all-too-familiar with, and sometimes it can feel like a bit of a gamble.

Repairs are usually less expensive in the short term, yet those repairs may not last long—and there will come a point at which repeat repair costs really start to add up. Replacement, on the other hand, may prove more costly, but will often be a better bargain in the long haul.

It’s much easier to make this decision when you have the advice and expertise of someone you can trust!

That’s why we are always available to answer your questions in order to help you discern the correct course of action for your needs. If you’re concerned about your heat pump, we suggest looking into a maintenance contract with us. You can make heat pump repair a non-issue when you choose us to maintain your HVAC unit on a regular, scheduled basis.

To learn more about this service, view our Services page.

If you feel that your heat pump needs repair, don’t wait for it to become an even bigger problem. Contact us ASAP to schedule an appointment for your heat pump repair on (910) 777-3539.