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5 Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Help

close-up-view-of-ductless-systemIt worked hard all summer to keep your home cool and now you are relying on it to keep you warm in the coming months. Your heat pump has a big job to do and most of the time it is up to the task. There will come a day, however, when this usually reliable system isn’t as helpful as it should be. When that happens, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional for guidance—you may need to schedule repairs for this Coeur d’Alene, ID heating system, and the sooner that is done the better off you’ll be.

At this point, you may be asking, “But how do I know my heat pump needs repairs?” A good question, one we’re happy to answer. We have provided some indicators that will tell you it is time to schedule heat pump repairs with our team. We’re ready when you are.

5 Warning Signs Something Is Wrong With Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps are usually energy-efficient and effective at keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. So what happens when something goes wrong with your system? Well, first you will want to take stock of whether you noticed any of these warning signs of trouble. If you do, your next step is to reach out to ACI Northwest for repair services!

  1. Weak airflow: You know your heat pump is running, but it seems like there is little to no air coming from the air handler or vents. If this is the case, it is likely that something is messing with your heat pump’s ability to take in air to heat or to push that hot air into the home. This can be caused by problems ranging from a clogged air filter to a broken blower fan.
  2. Burning smells: When you run your heat pump for the first time in heating mode, you may notice a brief smell of burning dust. This isn’t cause for concern. But if you notice this or other burning smells for extended periods of time, it can mean trouble. This can indicate wires that are overheating or filters that are clogged enough to cause the system to overheat entirely.
  3. Little to no heat: Your heat pump is a great system because it can both heat and cool your home. However, that doesn’t mean it should be cooling things off when you are trying to warm them up. If your heat pump seems to be struggling to create warmth it can mean there is a refrigerant leak, the reversing valve is stuck, or there is another problem at play.
  4. Short cycling: Short cycling refers to when your heat pump is unable to finish its heating cycle. These shorter cycles don’t mean your system is doing its job that much faster. It means it is shutting off too early possibly due to overheating or incorrect temperature readings. Short cycling is bad news—don’t ignore it!
  5. Odd noises: Heat pumps are also known for operating quietly. That makes it far more apparent when there are noises coming from your system that don’t belong, like rattling, screeching, or hissing.

Having trouble with your heat pump? Contact us for repairs. ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.

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