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Beware These Weird Heat Pump Noises

An important part of keeping your heat pump in good condition is calling for repairs as soon as you notice a problem. The faster you can identify a problem, the faster you can get it fixed and the more damage you will prevent. One of the easiest ways to tell if your heat pump is in trouble is to listen for strange noises coming from the system. Read on to find out more about some of the more common heat pump noises you should listen for.


The air handler is the part of the heat pump that is responsible for circulating air throughout the house during operation. The motor for the air handler is equipped with a number of oiled bearings, which help to reduce friction on the system during operation. These bearings wear down over time, causing the friction on the system to increase and creating a loud grinding sound. If you hear this sound, call for repairs right away before the air handler motor overheats and burns out.


Bubbling or gurgling noises indicate that air bubbles have formed in the refrigerant line, which means that there’s a leak somewhere. A leak in the heat pump’s refrigerant line will deprive the system of fluid that it needs to operate, causing a loss of output and eventual breakdown. Call for repairs immediately if you happen to hear this noise coming from your heat pump.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your heat pump turns itself on and off every few minutes. This could be caused by a number of things, but what is important are the effects. Short cycling dramatically increases the wear and tear on the system, shortening its lifespan considerably. Have a professional examine a short cycling heat pump as soon as possible.

Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. offers comprehensive heat pump repair services throughout Gainesville, FL.

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