No one wants to have issues with their HVAC system, especially when it’s very hot or cold outside. Heat pumps are a very popular way to heat and cool homes, especially in our milder climate of Northern California, and advances in technology have made them efficient systems for heating and cooling purposes.
Even if you purchase a top-of-the-line heat pump unit, eventually it will begin to show signs of age, need to be repaired, and eventually replaced. It’s certainly not fun to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a repair or a new unit, so regular maintenance is key.
Our company provides a host of home services for people in Sacramento, Lincoln, and the entire surrounding area which all promote energy-efficient homes. We specialize in HVAC services, solar panels, insulation, the installation of new windows and doors and more, all in pursuit of helping members of our community conserve energy and spend less on their utility bills.
Even if you maintain your heat pump, issues will eventually arise. In the sections to follow, we will discuss the warning signs that show it might be time to replace or repair your heat pump. Hopefully, this insight will allow you to make informed decisions when an issue does arise.
Increased Energy Costs
Higher power bills are the first sign an issue could be occurring in your heat pump system. When the unit has to struggle to reach the temperature you set on the thermostat, it can run for a longer time and at a higher level, causing bills to rise quickly. Energy consumption is all about efficiency, and the issue could be corrected with a repair to a critical part of the unit, or if a decent level of efficiency can’t be achieved then a replacement might make more sense.
If you do have to replace the unit, you will likely see a great deal in energy savings each month. Modern heat pumps are very efficient, and some customers opt to replace a unit even if it can be repaired simply to reap the benefits of monthly savings on their power bills.
Strange or Loud Noises
When a heat pump is running as it should, it typically runs at a low hum which is hard to hear inside at all and shouldn’t be too loud when you are next to the unit either. As the unit gets older, parts can wear down, warp or break, causing the unit to make a loud screeching, popping or rubbing sound. If you notice abnormal sounds from your unit, it’s time to call in a pro.
Uneven Heating or Cooling
When a unit is failing, it doesn’t have the same power to force air through the whole home. For this reason, some areas might seem warmer or cooler than others. If you can get some rooms to your desired temperature while others seem to always be hot or cold, it might be time to get your unit repaired or replaced.
If you feel you have a heat pump issue, our team can help. Give us a call or contact us online today to schedule a consultation.