Heat pump systems have become increasingly popular for homeowners looking to keep their homes as comfortable as possible all year long. While we haven’t reached the peak of our warm temperatures yet this year, by far, now is a good time to make sure your heat pump is ready.
This starts with maintenance, of course. You should have a professional heat pump tune-up twice a year–once in the fall and once in the spring. This will help the system work as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. It’s also important, in addition to maintenance, that you be aware of the signs that your heat pump needs repair. Read on, and call us if you notice any of the following problems with your heat pump system.
Operating your heat pump system shouldn’t be an excessively noisy experience. If you turn on the heat pump to cool your living space only to discover that you’re hearing sounds that are outside of the normal operational noises of your unit, it’s time to give us a call.
Different sounds can indicate different problems. For example, a hissing or bubbling noise may be indicative of a refrigerant leak, which could render your compressor useless if it goes on too long. A banging noise may be the sign of a loose part, while rattling can mean you have damaged ducts.
The only way to know for sure, and to adequately address the problem, is to give our team a call.
Your Utility Bills Are Too High
Okay, we get it–this is sort of a matter of opinion. Everyone probably thinks their utility bills are too high!
What we want you to do, however, is a comparison. Are your bills drastically higher than they were this same time last year? If so, it’s a sign that something in your home isn’t working as efficiently as it once did. It could very well be your heat pump that is to blame. After all, HVAC systems account for about half of the average home’s energy consumption. So when it’s working inefficiently on top of that, you’re going to see it reflected on your energy bills.
You may think that reduced cooling is a pretty apparent sign of a problem, and you’d be right! Unfortunately, when temperatures get really high, homeowners can brush off a heat pump system that doesn’t seem to be blowing out as cold of air as it used to, chalking it up to the weather outside.
But the fact of the matter is that when you feel the air coming straight out of your vents, it should be just as cold as it’s always been. This air doesn’t change temperature–cold air is pumped into your home until the desired temperature is reached on your thermostat, then the heat pump cycles off.
The above-mentioned signs are just a few indicators that something may be amiss with your heat pump. If you suspect anything is “off” or were told during your maintenance appointment that you have a repair need, please don’t hesitate to call our team.