How to know if you need Heat Pump Repair
A fully functional heat pump is a must for your home or business as Wilmington dives deeper into the winter months. The best defense against heat malfunctions is to be proactive in your repair efforts. Heat pumps are likely to exhibit signs of failure well before they ultimately fail. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things to look out for when you a need heat pump repair.
Heat Pump Repair – Trouble Signs to Look Out For
Developing Ice On the Coil
Ice on the outdoor unit during heat mode operation is 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.
Strange Noises or Clicking
In heating strange noises or clicking are fairly common. 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 being blown in the house from being excessively cold. Once the unit defrosts the system will then shift the system back into heat 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 looks like smoke rising from the top of the system. This is actually just steam and should dissipate within a few seconds. If the system goes into this mode very often, stays in defrost for more than 5-10 minutes or fails to melt the ice from the coil your system may need service to check operation and refrigerant charge.
The “AUX HEAT” indicator on a thermostat means that the electric heaters in the air handler are on, this is a 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. If you notice that the AUX HEAT indicator is frequently/consistently on it may be that you system needs to be checked for operation.
Salt Air Is Here For All Your 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 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 may prove more costly, but is often a better bargain in the long haul. We are always available to take your questions in order to help you discern the correct course of action for your needs.
We suggest inquiring with a maintenance contract with us. 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.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for your heat pump repair. (910) 777-3539