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Watch for These Heat Pump Problems

Normally, a climate control system is most likely to develop problems when it is under high stress. Operating for multiple hours on a daily basis qualifies as high stress. For a heat pump, the two seasons where it sees the most stress are winter and summer. If you’re using a heat pump to keep warm this winter, you should know the signs that it is starting to develop problems. The faster you can recognize problems with your heat pump, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your heat pump needs repairs.

Loss of Output

If your heat pump isn’t blowing warm air anymore, there could be a couple of different things wrong with it. If the air is still sort of warm, but not as warm as it should be, then you may have a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is the fluid that the heat pump evaporates and condenses to move heat from one place to another. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will slowly drain the system of the fluid it needs to heat the home. This is a serious problem, so you should call for repairs as soon as you notice it.

It is also possible that your heat pump has a broken air handler. The air handler is the part responsible for circulating air throughout the house. In order to cope with the friction generated during operation, the air handler is outfitted with oiled bearings. Over time, the bearings will wear down and the friction on the air handler will increase. Eventually, the air handler will burn out if the bearings are not replaced. If you hear a loud grinding sound coming from your heat pump, call a professional immediately.

If your heat pump is in need of repair, call Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. We offer heat pump repair services throughout Starke, FL. 

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