Offering an all-season solution to indoor comfort, heat pumps are some of the most popular types of HVAC systems in Tampa, Florida. They can keep your home refreshingly cool all summer and switch to heating mode to keep you warm all winter long. While heat pumps are generally reliable pieces of equipment, things can sometimes go wrong. Here are five of the most common heat pump problems we encounter at Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning.

Cooling Mode Problems

The reversing valve is the component that allows heat pumps to switch from cooling mode to heating mode and back again. This critical part reverses the direction of refrigerant as it flows through the system. Malfunctions interrupt this process, making it impossible to remove heat from the air. Control system and electrical issues can also cause cooling mode problems. When you call us for heat pump repair, we’ll inspect the reversing valve and test the thermostat to ensure it’s responding correctly to changes in temperatures. We’ll also examine the electrical connections to verify that the thermostat can signal the heat pump when it’s time to cycle off or on.

No Heat in Winter

When the weather turns chilly, a heat pump that blows cold air can leave you shivering in discomfort. If the system is in heating mode and the reversing valve is working correctly, a refrigerant leak could be causing the problem. During the cold-weather season, heat pumps use refrigerants to extract heat from outdoor air, condense it and distribute it indoors. The system must be charged with the correct amount of refrigerant for this process to occur. A refrigerant leak requires professional attention. Our service technicians are licensed to measure refrigerant levels, repair leaks and recharge the system.

Poor Performance

If you notice a change in your heat pump’s performance, resolving the problem could be as simple as changing the filter. The primary causes of HVAC failures are dirt and neglect. Clogged filters allow dirt to infiltrate the system and accumulate on critical components. Cooling coils are susceptible to contaminants. A coating of dirt prevents the coils from absorbing heat, causing them to ice up and malfunction. It’s important to change your filter at the first sign of dirt. Our air filter delivery service makes replacing your heat pump’s filter simple and easy. Our 10-percent discount makes it affordable too.

Loud or Unusual Noises

During normal operation, heat pumps function so quietly that it’s easy to forget all about them. If a loud or unusual noise demands your attention, take action. Call Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning for heat pump services. Rattles, thumps and clangs can indicate there’s a loose bearing wreaking havoc on the system. Rhythmic noises coming from the fan can mean something is hitting the fan blades with every cycle. A prompt repair from our experienced technicians could save you from the cost of a replacement component.

Inefficient Operation

Energy-efficient operation is one of the things our customers love best about heat pumps. Over the life of the system, they can save you a significant amount of money on heating and cooling costs. If your monthly utility bills begin to rise unexpectedly, something is amiss. Signing up for regular maintenance with Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning can rectify the problem. A well-maintained heat pump operates up to 25 percent more efficiently than a neglected system. That’s 25 cents of every dollar you spend on monthly energy bills that could go straight back into your pocket. Proactive tune-ups also extend the system’s service life for additional savings down the road.

At Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning, our heat pump services help keep your indoor environment comfortable all year. From new installations to proactive maintenance services, we provide everything you need to enjoy the full benefits of your heat pump system. For more information, explore our section on heat pumps or give us a call today.

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