Your heat pump is an important part of your HVAC system.
It offers both heating and cooling mechanisms, to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
And when compared to traditional furnaces and AC units, heat pumps save you a lot of money.
Unfortunately, when there are issues with your heat pump, it can be frustrating to understand the issue and get it fixed.
Some issues are easy and straightforward. Others are serious and require excessive repairs or even heat pump replacement.
What Causes A Heat Pump To Fail?
Like any mechanical device, your heat pump has multiple parts that work together to heat or cool your home.
Any of these common issues could cause a heat pump failure:
- Low refrigerant.
- Faulty capacitors, such as the start and run capacitor.
- Tripped circuit breakers or burned out fuses.
- Loose wiring connections.
- Faulty compressor.
- Faulty sensors.
- Faulty thermostat.
- Dirty heaty coils.
- Dirty air filters.
- Faulty fan motor.
Signs That It’s Time to Replace
Unfortunately, some problems with your heat pump are beyond repair, and it’s financially wise to simply replace your unit.
Check out these signs that it’s time to shop for a replacement:
- Inability to heat or cool. If your unit is more than 15 years old, and you’ve needed multiple repairs in recent years, it’s time for replacement.
- Climbing energy bills. As your unit ages, it becomes less efficient. One telltale sign that you need to plan to replace your unit are climbing electric bills.
- Lots of Noise. Your unit should run smoothly and quietly, with maybe a single odd sound now and again. If your unit is constantly rattling or groaning, you should plan to have it repaired or replaced.
Types Of Heat Pumps
When it is time to replace your unit, the sheer number of models and styles available can feel intimidating.
But if you choose a company with knowledgeable, patient representatives, the process of choosing your new heat pump will be easy.
Here’s a quick glance at some of the types of heat pumps available:
- Air-Source – This unit absorbs heat from the air and transfers it to the proper location. In cooling mode, the heat is absorbed inside and transferred outside. In heating mode, the transfer is from outside to inside. These systems can provide one-and-a-half to three times more heating energy than the electrical energy they consume.
- Ductless Mini-Split – This type of unit is specifically good for retrofitting systems that were non-duct units to begin with, such as radiant panels or hot water heat systems.
- Geothermal – This system uses the constant temperature of the ground as the heat exchange instead of the air outside the unit. This ensures that there is a relatively constant temperature to provide either heat or cooling.
- Absorption – This system is much like the air-source system, but instead of being driven by electricity, it uses a heat source like natural gas to drive the system.
Choosing a Company You Can Trust
If you suspect it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to find an HVAC company with knowledgeable, highly-trained representatives who can offer advice on every model and style.
Synergy Service of Nashville is proud to offer a full range of heating services, including heat pump maintenance, repair and replacement.
We can help you find the unit that works best for your budget and home.