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Is It Time To Call for Heat Pump Repair?

HVAC technician servicing a heat pump

When the cold weather settles into the Puget Sound region, you can’t afford to miss indicators of heat pump malfunction. It’s important to remain aware of potential issues so you can remain comfortable when it counts.

AAA Heating & Air Conditioning will cover some of the telltale signs that it’s time to contact an HVAC technician for heat pump repairs so you can avoid the pitfalls of total system failure.

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No Power to the Unit

If your heat pump is completely unresponsive, this is a strong indication that something is seriously wrong. A heat pump without power could be due to:

  • A tripped circuit breaker
  • Overheating
  • A blown fuse
  • A faulty thermostat

It’s important to have an HVAC professional diagnose and repair the problem — especially if damaged electrical components are to blame. Don’t hesitate to request emergency heat pump repair.

Attempting a DIY repair can result in serious injury without the proper tools or training, so leave the hard work to the trained experts.

Weak Airflow

When your heat pump experiences reduced airflow, there may be several potential culprits to blame, including:

  • A clogged air filter
  • Dirt and debris in ductwork
  • A malfunctioning blower motor

Limited airflow can reduce system efficiency, making it more difficult to maintain your desired indoor temperature and leading to higher energy expenses.

Heat pump repair or duct cleaning may be necessary to restore proper airflow to your home.

A Stuck Reversing Valve

Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling capabilities to deliver year-round comfort. They rely on a reversing valve to accomplish this task.

If the reversing valve becomes stuck in the cooling position, it can cause serious problems for your comfort in the winter.

The opposite can also happen in the summer if the unit is stuck in heating mode.

A professional HVAC technician can properly diagnose and fix the valve to ensure your heat pump functions properly and in the correct setting.

Unusual Noises

Grinding, squealing, and banging noises from your heat pump clearly indicate something is amiss. These sounds can mean several different things, such as:

  • Loose components
  • Worn-out bearings
  • A malfunctioning compressor

Attributing strange noises to regular wear and tear can lead to more extensive system damage, increasing your risk of a complete breakdown on the coldest days of the year. Prompt repair is essential for restoring your unit to full functionality.

Strange Smells

Foul or unusual odors emanating from your heat pump can indicate mold or mildew growth within your system.

Burning odors, in particular, should be treated with urgency as they may indicate a problem with your unit’s electrical components.

These smells are bad for your indoor air quality and can signify a greater safety risk to you and your family.

If you notice a strange odor from your heat pump, contact an HVAC specialist for immediate assistance.

System Short-Cycling

Short-cycling happens when your heat pump turns on and off too frequently, placing unnecessary strain on the unit, reducing efficiency, and leading to premature wear and tear.

When a system short cycles, it’s typically the result of:

  • A malfunctioning thermostat
  • Low refrigerant
  • An oversized system

To properly diagnose and repair the problem, it’s best to contact your HVAC company to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency.

Get Emergency Heat Pump Repair With AAA Heating & Air

Have you noticed the signs of a failing heat pump affecting your home comfort? AAA Heating & Air offers emergency HVAC repairs that King and Pierce County residents can trust for fast, effective solutions.

With the ability to repair any brand, make, or model, we have every confidence that our team will restore your heat pump to like-new condition in no time.

Request heat pump repair by calling AAA Heating & Air at (253) 234-1278 today!

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