‘Tis the Season…For Heat Pump Failures


It’s that time of year – the time when the weather is so crazy with fluctuations, sometimes you don’t know if it will be 50 degrees or 80 degrees on any given day.  Heat pumps in HVAC systems also might be failing in the late spring and early summer.  Why?  It’s because the transition from heating to cooling can be difficult on older systems, or a newer system may simply not handle it properly.

How do you tell if your heat pump needs to be replaced?  There are a few signs.  The first is that the pump does not come on when you turn on the air conditioning the first time.  However, if you can pinpoint the problem to something else, then you will be saving money and time.  When a customer calls with an air conditioning question, we always ask first if the unit is turned on and if all the breakers are on.  If yes, then we move on to the other possibilities.  

Usually, a homeowner won’t know if the heat pump is off until it’s time to turn the air conditioning on, or until they receive an astronomical electric bill!  That’s right.  If the pump is working on overtime it’s using electricity but not properly cooling the home.  You are still paying for the electricity the pump uses – whether it’s in working condition or not.    

If you end up having to replace your heat pump, consider a geothermal heat pump – a very worthy option.  Not only is it environmentally friendly, it also lasts three to four times longer than the typical heat pump.  Stay tuned for another discussion on geothermal in a future blog post.  For now, suffice it to say that if you’ve checked your pump and it’s not working, you need to call an HVAC professional immediately.  You can get service from a local Harford County heat pump specialist, who will both guarantee the work, and make sure it is done right. 

 

If you are looking for a Harford County based HVAC Specialist, then call 410-679-3794.

 



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