A home heat pump system is generally durable and reliable. However, like any appliance, a heat pump can break down without proper maintenance. Identifying minor issues early can help prevent future costly repairs. Here are five signs that your heat pump needs repair.
Higher energy bills Heat pumps are highly efficient and can cut your home heating and cooling energy consumption by as much as 50 per cent. If you notice your utility bills going up while your electricity use remains the same, it might be a sign that your heat pump is working harder than it should. You may have a malfunctioning thermostat, or something else may be causing a problem. A professional maintenance check and cleaning will keep your heat pump operating efficiently.
Short cycling If your heat pump turns on and off frequently, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Not only is it inefficient, but the constant activations will shorten the pump’s lifespan. Short cycling can be the result of a dirty unit or a malfunctioning thermostat.
Unusual noises Heat pumps are generally very quiet machines. If you hear a strange whirring, grinding, clicking or rattling noise, there may be a problem with the motor or electrical parts. A technician can make adjustments to stop these issues from becoming major repairs.
Ice on the coils Heat pumps have two coils: an indoor evaporator coil and an outdoor condenser coil. If you notice ice forming on the coils, your thermostat may be set too low. It may also indicate blocked ducts, a blown motor or dirty filters reducing airflow over the coils. A technician can accurately diagnose and correct the issue.
Inconsistent temperatures A well-functioning heat pump should keep the air inside your house at a consistent temperature. If your home is getting cool, then warm, then cool again, you may have a refrigerant leak or a bad compressor. Depending on the age of the unit, it could also mean the heat pump is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Heat Pump Installation, Maintenance and Repair in Orangeville and Alliston
Don’s Heating & Cooling provides heat pump installation, maintenance and repair services for homes and businesses in the Orangeville and Alliston areas. Sign up for a Service Maintenance Plan; we’ll keep track of and schedule your heat pump service calls, so you don’t have to worry about it. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our technicians.