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Everett, WA Heat Pumps by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric

Heat pumps have been around for a while as home heating systems. Until recently, however, they were considered an unusual alternative to more traditional systems like furnaces and boilers. As more and more homeowners look for ways to save money on home operating costs, heat pumps are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. If you are looking for an environmentally friendly and energy efficient home heating solution, then a heat pump might be just the thing for you. Let G & S Heating Cooling & Electric show you why heat pumps are such great heating systems, starting with their construction and operation.

G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides outstanding heat pump services throughout Everett, WA.

What is a Heat Pump System?

A heat pump is a non–combustion system. That is, it does not burn any kind of fuel in order to create heat. Instead, the heat pump moves preexisting thermal energy from a space that doesn’t need it to a space that does. By not burning fuel, heat pumps are much cheaper to operate than combustion systems. They also don’t produce combustion byproducts, many of which are toxic to humans and harmful to the environment. These two advantages are by far the best reasons to consider a heat pump system.

Heat Pump Repair Needs to Watch Out For

Once you’ve installed your heat pump system, you should be aware of the signs that indicate a problem. Since a heat pump is constructed so differently from a traditional heating system, most of the common symptoms that would indicate a problem with those systems won’t apply here. First, we’ll start with the signs that are shared between system types.

Heat pumps make use of an air handler, just as all forced air systems do. The most common kind of sound to indicate a problem with the air handler is a loud grinding noise. This is a sign that the bearings inside the air handler motor are wearing out. If you notice this sound, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric right away. If not treated quickly, your air handler motor may burn out and need replacing.

Now, problems specific to the heat pump often have to do with leaks in the refrigerant line. Refrigerant is the lifeblood of the heat pump, and is what allows it to actually transport heat into and out of the house. A leak in the refrigerant line can deplete the level of refrigerant in the system, eventually causing the system to break down. Common symptoms of a refrigerant leak include a loss of heating or cooling ability, pooling liquid around the heat pump, and/or a gurgling sound during operation. If your heat pump is acting strangely, even if it’s not covered here, contact our technicians to schedule a checkup. Better safe than sorry.

Why You Should Schedule Regular Heat Pump Maintenance

Quick reactions to repair needs are vital to maintaining the health of your heat pump, but they aren’t the only thing you can do. Regular preventive heat pump maintenance is also very important to keeping your system operating at peak efficiency. Annual visits will allow your HVAC technician to stop any potential problems before they start, as well as evaluate how well the system is doing as a whole. If you haven’t had your heat pump looked at in over a year, schedule an appointment with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today! Your heat pump will be better off because of it.