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4 Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair ASAP

As we transition from summer to fall, the time will soon arrive when you’ll switch from cooling your home to heating your home. In a perfect world, that transition is an easy one. However, this isn’t always the case.

If you have a heat pump system, sometimes the transition is made more difficult by the fact that your heat pump is a 2-in-1 system that has been working hard all summer. If you’re experiencing problems with your heat pump, here are some of the most common reasons for heat pump repair. Whenever you’re not happy with its performance, we’re here to help.

1. It Won’t Switch Modes

Is it freezing outside and your heat pump is blowing cold air instead of hot air? Or perhaps it’s scorching hot and your heat pump is blowing hot air. In this case, the probable culprit is the reversing valve. This is the most essential component in your heat pump’s ability to switch from heating to cooling mode and vice versa. Luckily, this is a quick fix for a professional HVAC technician.

2. Reduced Airflow

Is it taking longer than usual to cool down your home? Have your utility bills gone up with no correlation in usage? You can check your heat pump’s airflow by holding your hand up to a vent. It should be strong, steady, and decidedly hot or cold. 

If this isn’t happening, this issue should be fixed quickly. Try changing the air filter. If that doesn’t help, there could be a refrigerant leak somewhere in the system. Until it’s fixed, your heat pump won’t be able to properly cool your home down and may break down altogether.

3. Short Cycling

Does it seem like your heat pump is running constantly but isn’t cooling your house down? Short cycling is a frustrating situation that might leave you scratching your head and wondering what’s going on. 

Short cycling occurs when your heat pump is unable to complete a heating or cooling cycle. It will turn on for 5-10 minutes, then turn itself off just as abruptly, and it keeps doing this over and over again.

This is a huge problem for many reasons. First of all, it keeps the thermostat from reaching the set temperature. Secondly, it causes tremendous wear and tear on your system. Short cycling requires immediate attention.

4. Strange Noises

If you turn on your heat pump and it makes any of these noises, it’s a good sign that it’s in need of some professional attention. Hissing, gurgling, grinding, banging, or shrieking noises are not ones you want to hear coming from your heat pump.

From a dirty air filter to a loose part, a refrigerant leak to a lack of lubrication between moving parts, none of these are issues that can be allowed to go on for very long. Call us for prompt repairs whenever you hear strange, loud, and unexpected sounds from your heat pump. We’ll remedy the problem and get your heat pump back to working quietly and efficiently.

Covenant Heating and Cooling is your trusted resource for professional heat pump repair in Nashville, TN. We are “Dedicated to the Promise of Serving You!” Contact us today.

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