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Is Your Heat Pump in Trouble?


A heat pump is a system that can connect to your ductwork system or can operate without ductwork at all to provide you with comfort all year. In short, heat pumps are pretty nifty heating and air conditioning units.

If you have a heat pump in your home we know that you probably appreciate it for being the great provider of comfort that it is. With that knowledge though it can be disheartening when your system starts to malfunction.

Not to worry though! Heat pump maintenance and heater repair in Clayton, NC, or even replacements, is something that our team is great at doing. Let’s start though by figuring out if your heat pump is in trouble or not.

What are the issues your heat pump is struggling with?

There are several different issues that your heat pump may encounter after a long season of keeping your home comfortable. Make sure that you take some time to consider whether you are noticing signs of any of the following issues and, if you are, to reach out for professional services.

A refrigerant leak

Your heat pump operates but cycling refrigerant to transfer heat in or out of your home. While this is highly energy-efficient, it also means that a refrigerant leak is a big problem. Watch for signs of this problem including hissing noises, a wet area around your air handler, and a reduction in heating power.

A clogged filter

Air filters remove dust and debris from the air cycling through your heat pump. These do become clogged over time and should be cleaned or replaced every few months. You likely have a clogged filter if the airflow from you heat pump is weaker and is increasingly dusty. Be careful because leaving a clogged air filter unattended for too long can put your heat pump at risk of overheating.

Failing electrical components

Your heat pump needs electricity to do its job too. If its electrical components such as its wiring are fraying or coming loose, you may notice that the system doesn’t run like usual. Be on the lookout for this and for any burning smells which can also be a sign of a problem.

A bad blower motor or fan

When your heat pump creates heat, the blower fan, powered by the blower motor, blows that warm air out of your air handlers and into your home. Fans or motors that are broken or failing won’t be able to get the job done. Listen for screeching or whining sounds or weakened airflow as warning signs that your blower motor or fan needs assistance.

A stuck reversing valve

Last but certainly not least is your reversing valve. This is the part of your heat pump responsible for switching the flow of the refrigerant so your heat pump can both heat and cool your home. If your valve is stuck it will only be able to heat your home which will be a problem come summer.

Trust the Heating, Cooling, & Electrical Experts with your heat pump services. Contact Sloan Service now.

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