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Common Heat Pump Problems

Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 8:45 am

More and more people in Melbourne are utilizing heat pumps to both heat and cool their home. While heat pumps are pretty reliable devices, they need to have regular maintenance and occasional repairs to keep running at optimum efficiency. Here are some common problems that you might run into with your heat pump and what to do about them:

  • Not Heating or Cooling: If your heat pump stops working entirely, it could be a problem with the power supply. Make sure your heat pump hasn’t tripped the breaker or blown a fuse. Note: if your heat pump frequently trips the breaker, you should call for a repair immediately as it is an sign of a serious electrical problem.
  • Very Noisy: Heat pumps usually run pretty quietly, so if your heat pump is making a lot of noise, it’s a clear indicator of a problem. Causes of noise are loose screws, nuts, bolts or fittings. Your contractor can tighten these fittings as a part of your annual maintenance inspection.
  • Not Maintaining the Temperature: If your heat pump is running but not keeping your home comfortable, it might be a sensor problem. This can occur either in the heat pump itself or in your home’s thermostat. However, if there are very cold temperatures outside, your heat pump might be simply unable to heat your home enough. Most heat pumps function best when the temperature is above freezing. A backup heater will help take care of this problem.
  • Frozen: A frozen heat pump is usually caused by restricted air flow. For instance, a dirty filter will impede air flow and cause ice to form on your device. Changing air filters regularly will help prevent this problem, but if icing occurs regularly, call a contractor to examine your heat pump for other possible causes.

These are just a few of the more common heat pump problems, but they are the issues you will run into most frequently. As long as they are maintained, most heat pumps will work reliably for many years. If you have any problems with your heat pump, call the Melbourne heat pump experts at Next Generation Air & Heat!

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