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Common Problems with Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are common home cooling solutions for people who want a little more flexibility out of their HVAC systems. As great as they are for providing both heating and cooling functions, however, heat pumps are just as susceptible to problems as any other HVAC appliance. As we move into summer and the stress on your heat pump starts to rise, it’s a good idea to be aware of the kinds of problems that can afflict it. Let’s take a closer look at some of those problems.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is not supposed to be consumed by the heat pump. Instead, it is recycled back and forth to move heat from one place to another. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it can drastically inhibit the heat pump’s effectiveness. This typically presents itself as a drop in heat pump output, as well as occasional ice formations on the inside unit.

Air Handler Burnout

The air handler is the part of the heat pump that is actually responsible for circulating air through the house. It is equipped with a number of lubricated bearings, which are designed to lessen the friction on the air handler motor during operation. Most of the time, this works just fine. If the bearings start to wear out, though, the friction on the air handler motor will increase until it overheats and burns itself out. The easiest way to tell if your air handler needs the bearings replaced is to listen for a grinding sound coming from your heat pump. That is the most obvious sign that the bearings are worn out, and that you need new ones. Act quickly, because it’s much cheaper to replace the bearings than the entire motor.

If you are having problems with your heat pump, call Speedy Air Conditioning Service. We repair heat pumps throughout Port St. Lucie, FL.

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