Heat pumps are no more immune to problems than any other system. As you start to rely on your heat pump more and more often this summer, the wear and tear on the system will increase. This makes it far more likely for problems to crop up over time. Let’s take a look at some common heat pump problems to be aware of this summer.
A heat pump cools your home by evaporating refrigerant in the coil inside the indoor unit. The temperature around the coil is constantly dropping, as thermal energy is siphoned from it. Condensate forms on the coil and drains out of the system through a special drain. If the flow of air is interrupted, as with a clogged air filter, the temperature of the air around the coil will drop until the condensate freezes.
A frozen coil will be unable to draw heat from your home’s air, making the heat pump pretty useless for cooling your home. The weight of the ice can also permanently warp the coil, requiring that it be replaced. Call for repairs as soon as you notice ice on your heat pump.
Air Handler Issues
The air handler is the part of the heat pump responsible for circulating the air throughout your home. It takes a lot of force to move that amount of air around, which translates to a lot of friction on the air handler. In order to compensate, the air handler is equipped with a series of oiled bearings which help it to run more smoothly. These bearings wear down over time, however, which causes the friction on the air handler to increase and produce a grinding sound. If you hear this sound, you need to call for repairs before the air handler overheats and burns out.
Switzerland Air offers a full range of heat pump repair services in Freeport, TX.