Your heat pump operates year-round, which means it carries the indoor temperature control for your home indefinitely. It sounds like a big job because it is, and stress shows on your system in more ways than one.
But how do you know when enough is enough? When do you need heat pump repair in Cypress? There are a few ways to tell.
We’ll go over four of the most common reasons that your heat pump may need immediate repair. If anything on this list jumps out at you and sounds like a problem you might be facing right now, it’s time to call for repair.
Extremely Weak Airflow Through Your Vents
Weak airflow can usually be attributed to the heat pump’s (or any HVAC system) performance. While dirty ducts contribute to air resistance and reduce the strength of the air leaving your vents, it isn’t enough to seriously prohibit your airflow.
Put your hand up to your vents. Does it feel less powerful than usual despite your thermostat settings being the same? If so, this is a clear sign of a problem.
Short Cycling (Turning Off and on a Lot)
Let’s say you want to drop the temperature by a few degrees. You turn your heat pump on, you hear it come to life, then it shuts off a few minutes later. You check the thermostat and it’s only dropped by one degree.
Then your heat pump turns on again. This is called short cycling: when your unit runs short cycles instead of running one long cycle to achieve the desired outcome.
Short cycling is a major problem. This could show that there’s a problem with the electrical components of your air conditioner or a major issue with airflow.
Strange, Unsettling Noises
Your heat pump is going to make a few noises here and there. That’s not what we’re concerned about. Sounds such as metal grinding against itself or extremely loud bangs are what we want to keep an eye out for.
If your heat pump doesn’t sound like it normally does, make sure you try to find a way to describe the specific sound, then shut your heat pump off as soon as possible.
Temperatures Aren’t What Your Thermostat Says They Are
You set your thermostat to a specific temperature, then you independently gauge the temperature of the air and it turns out the numbers don’t match up.
Thankfully, this is an issue with your thermostat; your heat pump itself may be completely fine (fingers crossed). If your thermostat is miscalibrated, it will detect the wrong temperature, and therefore make requests from your heat pump that align with that incorrect temperature.
Your heat pump may be fine; it could just be receiving the wrong instructions from your thermostat. A technician will be able to determine that for you.
Heat Pump Repair on the Double
It’s never wise to wait for heat pump repair, no matter what. The longer you wait, the more strain your system will endure. Waiting to repair your heat pump (but still using it) can lead to full-scale breakdowns and increased repair costs.
Now that you know what to look for, look at your heat pump a little more closely and see if any of these issues pop up. Now you know how to be as proactive as possible when it comes to heat pump repairs.
Contact Fresh Air, L.P. today to schedule your heat pump repair before it endures further damage.