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3 Common Problems with Heat Pump Units

3 Common Problems with Heat Pump Units

More and more people are choosing heat pump units over traditional types of heating and air conditioning.

Why? Because heat pump units keep your home just as warm and cool — while using less energy.

But, like traditional air conditioning systems, heat pumps suffer breakdowns from time to time. And when yours breaks down, you will need a qualified technician to fix it.

Let’s take a look at three common heat pump unit problems and solutions.

1. Less Airflow

Low airflow is usually the result of issues with the fan or the fan motor. But sometimes, it’s caused by discontinuous power and clogs in the air passages. As hot air becomes trapped in the system, key components may overheat.

In any case, lower airflow forces your heat pump unit to work harder to heat and cool your space. And during the cold winter months, heat pumps are in more danger of failure.

That’s because heat pumps produce heat by taking it from the outside air, and there is less thermal energy in the air when it’s cold outside.

2. Leakage in Refrigerant

Like air conditioners, heat pumps run on refrigerants. The exact type and amount of refrigerant depends on the make and model of the heat pump.

As a heat pump operates throughout its life cycle, the refrigerant level should remain the same. When leaks cause the refrigerant level to fall, the system’s balance is thrown off.

This less-than-optimal functioning adds strain on the system as it labors to heat or cool. And that’s why it’s so important to check the refrigerant level regularly.

Also, refrigerant is hazardous. Only a licensed technician should fix leakage problems and recharge the system.

3. Breakage in Reversing Valve

Heat pump function depends on a reversing valve that switches the refrigerant flow and toggles between heating to cooling mode.

When the valve is broken or malfunctioning, you probably won’t have the option to reverse the flow. Until the reversing valve is fixed, your system will be stuck in one mode.

It’s important to act as soon as possible when something goes wrong with your heat pump. The longer a compromised system runs, the greater the risk of incurring serious damage.

Over time, even minor issues can lead to serious problems. Make sure that you contact a trusted heat pump technician if you notice  any of the following:

  • Uneven cooling or heating throughout your home.
  • A sudden increase in energy expenses.
  • Unexpected noise or a strange odor coming from your system.

Chillwell: Best Heat Pump Repair and Service in Christchurch!

No heat pump problem is too small. The best way to reduce the risk of problems with your heat pump is to schedule professional heat pump maintenance with Chillwell technicians.

Be sure to contact the Christchurch heat pump professionals at the first sign of trouble! We offer exceptional heat pump service and repair.

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