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Why Your Heat Pump Output Is Low

heat-pump-cashA hot summer day is just about the worst time for your heat pump to decide that it’s going to stop cooling your home properly. It’s also one of the times when that issue is most likely to happen. The added strain of operating for longer hours puts more wear and tear on the heat pump, making it more likely to develop problems of various kinds. If your heat pump is not cooling your home as well as it should be, we recommend you call for repairs as soon as possible. While you’re waiting for our technicians to arrive, though, you should have a look at some of the possible reasons why your heat pump output is declining.

The Air Filter Is Clogged

One of the simplest explanations for low heat pump output is that the air filter is clogged. The air filter is a fiber mesh that sits in the return duct of the system. It’s meant to protect the heat pump from any dust or debris that might cause issues were it to make it into the system. While the filter is good at its job, it isn’t able to rid itself of the debris it collects. If the filter isn’t replaced often enough, it will eventually become clogged. This cuts down on the amount of air entering the heat pump, preventing it from circulating as much air throughout the home. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to fix. Just replace your air filter, or have a professional replace it for you, to restore the lost output.

Refrigerant Leaks

A refrigerant leak is much more serious than a clogged air filter. As the refrigerant level in the system drops, the heat pump will lose output capacity. Eventually, the refrigerant level will drop so low that the heat pump will break down entirely. If you notice fluid dripping from your heat pump, along with falling output, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as possible.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is the part of the heat pump responsible for circulating air throughout the home during the heat pump’s operation. If the air handler malfunctions, the system won’t be able to properly circulate cool air. If your heat pump isn’t blowing enough air while it’s operating, it’s a good idea to call for repairs.

Short Cycling

If your heat pump is turning on and off every couple of minutes, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible. That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a serious threat to the health of the system. Short cycling cuts down on the output capacity of the heat pump, by preventing it from completing a full cooling cycle. If the issue isn’t fixed, it will increase the wear and tear on the system to the point where it shortens the heat pump’s lifespan.

Switzerland Air provides a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Lake Jackson, TX. If you need heat pump repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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