Since the weather is relatively mild in Northern California, installing an electric heat pump is often a good choice to keep your home comfortable in any climate. Heat pumps are very efficient these days, and there are even incentives in place for homeowners who choose to install a new, energy-efficient heat pump HVAC system.
Even though heat pumps are a great choice, there will always be issues which happen from time to time with any heating or cooling system. In the sections to follow, we will discuss a few of the most common issues we see when dealing with heat pumps and some ways to possibly eliminate these before they cause your system to fail.
Before we jump in, here’s a little info about our company. We’re happy to offer home efficiency services all across Northern California, and we have a team of experienced HVAC technicians who can help with your heating and cooling needs. If you want to conserve energy and save every month on your bills, we’re here to help. Read on to learn about a few of the most common heat pump issues we fix.
Issues with the coils in a heat pump can cause trouble for the heating and cooling aspects of the system. When a unit’s coils become clogged, damaged or just dirty, it can prevent air from flowing through the unit, which is a problem considering air flow is vital to the heating and cooling aspects of a heat pump. Luckily, preventing this issue is easy and cleaning coils regularly can solve several larger issues before they pop up. Coil cleaning is part of our regular maintenance program, and can also be done yourself if you feel comfortable with the process.
Refrigerant is the chemical in a heat pump unit which produces the cool air for the AC portion of the unit. If a unit starts to run low on refrigerant, it causes the system to work overtime to cool the home, which can speed up the wear and tear on the unit, shorten its lifespan and increase your energy bills. If enough refrigerant leaks out, the system can begin to ice over and stop producing cool air entirely. Our team can quickly diagnose and repair a leak, then recharge the unit to get it working again. Regular maintenance helps identify leaks and stop them before they become severe.
Thermostat or Electrical Issues
Heat pump systems are complex machines and have several electrical components which help them run correctly. While these electrical advances are part of the reason the units work so well, sometimes they can malfunction and cause the system to run too often, produce the wrong level of heating or cooling or stop working altogether. If you have an issue and can’t quite figure out the cause, an electrical issue could be to blame.
We’re here to help with any heat pump needs you might have and we can get your system back up and running quickly. Give us a call at 916.438.2532, email us at [email protected] or browse our website at clearefficiencyhome.com to learn more about our services.