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Common Signs of Heat Pump Problems

A heat pump will work for you all through the year, unlike a standard air conditioner or furnace. That makes it particularly important for you to pay attention to possible repair needs and call for professional assistance as soon as you can. Don’t try any repairs on your own: modern heat pumps are intricate pieces of equipment that require years of special training to service.

However, it’s easy to find people with the right training: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We’ve handled heat pumps in Mill Creek, WA for more than three and a half decades.

Frequent indicators of heat pump malfunctions

  • Ice along the indoor or outdoor coils: Depending on the heat pump’s mode, ice and frost can start to develop along the indoor or the outdoor coil. This either indicates that the coil has become overly dirty or the heat pump has lost refrigerant because of leak; both situations will cause the coil to lose the ability to absorb heat during evaporation, leading to icing. You can’t fix this problem by scraping off the ice; you’ll need a repair technician to either detach and clean the coils, or seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant.
  • Heat pump is stuck in one of its two modes: If the heat pump will not change modes and either keeps blowing out hot or cold air, then a number of different problems could lay behind it, such as a thermostat malfunction. The most common reason for this trouble to occur is a failed reversing valve. The reversing valve changes the direction of the refrigerant flow, which allows the heat pump to both heat and cool. This is, thankfully, an easy fix: the repair technician simply needs to replace the old valve with a new one.
  • Reduced airflow: If the flow of air coming from your room vents starts to drop, then there is probably an issue with the air handler. The air handler contains the blower that sends out the conditioned air from the heat pump, and if the blower fan motor starts to run down or become dirty, it can cut into the fan’s power and reduce airflow. A clogged air filter can also choke off airflow, and you should make sure you replace it once a month during its regular operation.

Call for heat pump repairs from professionals

If you think anything is wrong with your heat pump, don’t wait and hope that the problem will get better—it won’t. Call up G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and we’ll send a technician to get your system working again. When it comes to heat pumps in Mill Creek, WA, you can put your trust in our 37 years of experience.

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