Heat pumps develop the occasional problem, just like any other system. The chances of a problem developing increase during the winter, however, as the heat pump is used more often. If you’re using a heat pump to keep warm this winter, you should be aware of some common problems that may crop up with your system. Read on to find out more about problems that your heat pump may run into, and when to call for repairs.
Loss of Output
Oftentimes, the first sign that your heat pump is experiencing problems is a loss of output. Whether this loss is gradual or sudden can help determine exactly what is wrong with the system. A gradual loss could mean that the coil outside is icing over, which would mean that the defrost cycle has likely malfunctioned. It’s also possible that your system has developed a refrigerant leak, which would slowly drain it of the fluid it needs to transfer heat. Finally, a sudden loss of output could indicate that your heat pump’s air handler has failed. If this is the case, you’ll probably have to have the motor replaced. Often, air handler motor failure is preceded by a loud grinding noise. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your heat pump, you should probably turn it off and call for repairs.
Failure to Start
If your heat pump fails to start at all, it’s possible that you have an electrical problem. Shorts in the wire between the thermostat and the heat pump are often responsible for erratic heat pump cycling, or just straight-up failure to start. These kinds of shorts can cause serious issues, like house fires, if left unchecked. So, it’s best to call for repairs as soon as you notice this.
If your heat pump is in need of repairs, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We offer a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Ogden, UT.