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What’s Wrong With Your Heat Pump?

We talk a lot about furnace repairs on this blog because gas furnaces are still the most common heating system in America, and especially in our area, but that’s quickly changing. More and more homeowners are switching to heat pump technology, especially in mild climates like our own. That means there are more people like you searching online for help with a heat pump problem that might need professional attention.

So, do you need heater repair in Pine Bluff, AR? Or perhaps you’re not really sure if your heat pump is just going through a rough patch. Either way, our team is available to help.

Today, we’re going to discuss a few of the most common problems we see in heat pump systems. We’ll talk about why they happen, what’s going on under the hood of the unit, and how you can take the next steps to alleviate them.

Common Problems With a Heat Pump

Heat pumps might be a new advancement in technology over the recent decades, but they’re not without their own share of problems. If you’re a heat pump owner, we probably don’t have to tell you that.

So, let’s get to business! Here are five common problems we see in heat pumps that can lead to the need for professional repair or steps taken by homeowners to alleviate them.

  • Short cycling. Short cycling is a common issue that is both a symptom and a source of problems. Simply put, short cycling is when your heat pump runs in short, frequent cycles before abruptly coming to a halt every time. This can be due to a refrigerant leak, a clogged air filter, or even because the system is poorly sized for the home. Basically, you’ll need a professional to determine the cause of your short cycling. Don’t let it go on: short cycling is incredibly damaging to heat pump technology and your budget!
  • A refrigerant leak. Heat pumps rely on steady lines of refrigerant to condense and evaporate, moving heat from one location to another. If your system starts leaking refrigerant, it’s going to struggle to do its job.
  • A clogged air filter. Your heat pump’s air filter needs to be changed every 1–3 months. If it gets clogged up, the system is going to be stifled of incoming air and it’s not going to run as effectively or efficiently as it should.
  • An issue with ductwork or the blower fan. Heat pumps still rely on ductwork and blower fans to transport air throughout your home. If you’re seeing a decrease in comfortable air come through your vents, this could be the source of your problem.
  • A circuit issue. Don’t forget that heat pumps rely on electrical energy to run properly. If your system keeps abruptly stopping, buzzing, or it’s just not turning on at all, there could be a tripped circuit or a broken electrical component that needs to be replaced.

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It doesn’t matter what the problem is, our team can help you with targeted repairs!

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