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Does Your Heat Pump Need Repairs?

Up until now, your heat pump has been pretty reliable, so what the heck is going on? You didn’t see this coming!

Well, here’s the thing–your heat pump is going to require repairs every once and awhile (it’s quite normal!) Everyday wear and tear can lead to all sorts of trouble, especially if you haven’t yet scheduled maintenance services. So, what do you do?

Well, for one, it is important that you contact your local HVAC pros for AC repair in Shippensburg as soon as you recognize any sign of a problem. What are these signs? Keep reading below and we’ll tell you!

Be on the Lookout for These Signs of Trouble

There are a number of signs that indicate trouble with your heat pump. These include:

  • Ice developing along the coils: If you notice ice along the coil that is currently operating as the evaporating coil (it’s the indoor coil in cooling mode, and the outdoor coil in heating mode), then your heat pump could be suffering from one of two problems. There might be a refrigerant leak, in which case you will need repairs to find and seal the leak and then recharge the lost refrigerant. The second possibility is the coil has become too dirty to allow easy heat absorption, and this will require a technician to remove and clean the coil. Just scraping the ice off will not do any good. It will come back and continue to grow.
  • Grinding or clicking noises from the cabinet: Unusual noises from a heat pump cabinet are rarely good signs. The two most common warning noises are clicking and grinding. Clicking is usually a signal that one of the capacitors is on the edge of failing. (Capacitors transfer voltage to start the motors and keep them running.) Grinding tends to mean that the motors have lost lubrication or have become dirty and will soon burn out. In both cases, you’ll need a repair technician to replace the failing unit(s).
  • The heat pump remains stuck in one mode: If your heat pump refuses to cool or refuses to heat, then the issue is probably from the reversing valve. This valve allows refrigerant to change the direction of its flow through the unit, which is how the heat pump switches from heating to cooling. If the reversing valve malfunctions, the heater will remain in one mode. Call for repairs to have the reversing valve replaced.

Call in a Professional

When the time comes to schedule your heat pump repairs, you want to make absolutely certain that you’ve hired a certified HVAC professional for the job. Only a professional has the tools, training, and experience to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your system–the first time around,

Yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to service your system for fairly cheap. But remember, sometimes an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. Trust us, when it comes to your comfort, you don’t want to take any risks.

Schedule your heat pump repairs with the team at Premier HVAC Services today.

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