Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Odors From Your Heat Pump? Here’s What to Do

Monday, February 19th, 2024

The air blowing out of your heat pump should never produce an odor. If it does, that’s a major red flag that something is wrong inside of the unit. You should never ignore bad odors coming from your heat pump, even if they seem relatively minor.

Bad odors are usually a sign that you need heat pump repair in Lake City, FL. You can keep reading to learn more about some of the more common odors that may come from your heat pump and what they mean. If you notice any of them, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience. 

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How to Measure Your Heat Pump’s Efficiency

Monday, December 11th, 2023

When purchasing any type of HVAC system, you want to understand the energy efficiency so you can make the best purchase decision. But heat pumps are a little different since they operate as both air conditioners and heaters. This means that there is a unique method for measuring heat pump efficiency.

Will you need to schedule HVAC service in Madison, FL, our team is here to help. We can help you pick the best heat pump option for your home and family. Before you schedule an appointment, you can keep reading to learn more about heat pump efficiency ratings, what they mean, and how to choose a high-efficiency heat pump.

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Several Common Repairs Your Heat Pump May Need

Monday, January 9th, 2023

It’s always heat pump season. That’s one of the amazing things about these systems: they provide comfort for both hot and cold weather. Right now, with colder winter weather than we’re used to in Florida, you’ll rely on your heat pump to deliver warm air to your house and family.

But what if it doesn’t? Although heat pumps are built to rigorous standards, they can still malfunction like any other complicated electronic device. Even with the best maintenance—which can eliminate more than 50% of repair needs—you still may need to call our technicians for heat pump repair in Lake City, FL at some point.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the more common repair needs that can crop up for a heat pump.

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The Big Heat Pump Question: Is It a Good Spring Replacement for Your Current HVAC System?

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Every year as spring rolls around, many homeowners are faced with an important question: is their HVAC system still meeting their needs? Maybe the heater struggled during the winter, even with our warm Florida climate. Or it could be that last summer was extremely hot, inside and out, because the air conditioner quit working well. Either way, many customers will ask themselves if they should simply replace their HVAC system with something similar, or switch to a heat pump. For most people, the best time to switch is during the spring.

Let’s look at why you should, or should not, consider heat pump installation in Lake City, FL.

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Why Is Your Heat Pump Not Doing the “Heating” Part of Its Job?

Monday, December 13th, 2021

We love heat pumps here in Florida. They work as powerful air conditioning systems that can keep back the worst of the summer heat. When the few cold days of winter arrive, heat pumps can then shift with little effort into working as energy-efficient heating systems. Compared to using an electric furnace for the short winters, a heat pump is a great way to save on heating costs.

But if you’re reading this post, it’s probably because your home’s heat pump is supposed to be warming your house, and … it isn’t. You may need to call us for heat pump/AC repair in Macclenny, FL (heat pumps work essentially like air conditioners) from our expert technicians to get your heat pump to do both parts of its job. Or there may be a simple explanation. We’ll look into the possibilities below.

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The Parts That Make a Heat Pump Different From an AC

Monday, February 10th, 2020

air-conditioner-units-near-grassThe heat pump is common in some parts of the US, almost unknown in others. You don’t often find heat pumps at work in places with cold winters, but they’re increasingly popular in warmer climates like those on the West Coast, the Southwest, and right here in Florida.

But even with the popularity of heat pumps in Lake Butler, FL and elsewhere in North Central Florida, many homeowners are not sure how they do what they do. I.e. “How does something that looks like an air conditioner and acts like an air conditioner also provide heating when needed?”

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Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall as Well

Monday, November 4th, 2019

air-conditioner-replacementWe often remind our customers that HVAC maintenance is important around the year. It’s easy to understand why air conditioning in Gainesville, FL needs a good tune-up and inspection in spring to prepare for another sweltering summer. And it’s easy to forget that heating systems must have the same service in fall to prepare a mild, but often surprising, winter. But it’s heat pumps that cause the most confusion among homeowners when it comes to maintenance.

If you have a heat pump to provide comfort for your house, you already know the benefit of how it works: great cooling for most of the year, but it becomes an efficient heater whenever those colder days come around. But because a heat pump is a single system, you might think it only needs to receive professional maintenance once a year. This isn’t true. Your heat pump requires two maintenance visits annually: one in spring, one in fall.

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Heat Pump Not Switching to Cooling Mode?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThis is the time of the year when you’ll probably appreciate having a heat pump to take care of both your warm and cool weather comfort needs. As the weather swings back and forth during spring, you can simply switch your heat pump between its two different modes—heating and cooling—with only a single adjustment on the thermostat. No reason to think about having to shut down a heater for the year, and your thermostat programming doesn’t have to change much.

But what if the heat pump won’t turn over into cooling mode? This is one of the more common troubles a heat pump can run into, and it’s also one our technicians are familiar with fixing so the heat pump can go back to work.

We’ll take a brief look at what might be going on with a heat pump stuck in one mode.

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HVAC Fall Planning: Maybe a Heat Pump?

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

cold-and-hot-house-symbolsPlanning for winter in Florida may sound a touch strange to people who live elsewhere, since we enjoy mild winters that sometimes feel more like a cooler extension of summer. But this is a period of heavier rains and sometimes weather that makes a heating system necessary. We don’t need extremely powerful heaters the way homes in Minnesota do, but we still need to have reliable and energy-efficient ones.

And this brings us to the heat pump as part of fall HVAC planning. A heat pump is an ideal way for you to enjoy heating and air conditioning in Newberry, FL around the year. It’s one of the best comfort options available for Florida homes.

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4 Things You Should Know About a Heat Pump

Monday, March 26th, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe heat pump has become a popular home comfort installation in Florida because it’s a fantastic fit for our weather. A heat pump works as both an air conditioner and a heater: its cooling mode is powerful enough to overcome hot Florida summers, the heating mode is efficient and energy-saving for the mild winters. For many homeowners, having their year-round comfort taken care of with a single installation is a huge benefit!

Heat pumps are new to many people, so we’d like to share four important facts about them with you. If you want to know more, or you’re ready to schedule installation for a heat pump in Lake City, FL or elsewhere in North Central Florida, get in touch with a member of our team.

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