The heat pump in your Tallahassee, FL, home, works year-round to maintain indoor comfort. Heat pumps have many different parts, and when one wears out, breaks or malfunctions, the system will give you some telltale signs. Watch out for these signs that your home needs a prompt heat pump repair.

Loud Noises

A properly functioning heat pump operates quietly. You’ll hear it click on, then you’ll hear the whirring of the fan as it blows heated or cooled air into the ducts. If you hear hissing, banging, grinding, screeching, or squealing sounds, there’s a problem. A part could be loose or damaged, or debris may be stuck in the outdoor unit’s housing. If you hear loud sounds, schedule a heat pump repair.

Ice or Water Buildup

Ice buildup on the heat pump often results from a dirty filter, refrigerant leak or frozen coil. The reversing valve could be stuck or broken. Water buildup could be due to a cracked drain pan or blockage in the condensate line. These issues require attention from our HVAC service experts.

Short Cycling

Once the heat pump starts a cycle, it should run for a few minutes, then turn off for a while. If the unit cycles for less than one minute, then turns on again a minute later, this is short-cycling. A malfunctioning thermostat or capacitor may be to blame.

High Electricity Bills

According to the Department of Energy, a heat pump that’s in disrepair may use 10% to 25% more electricity. If there’s no other reason for your electricity bill to be high, you might need a heat pump repair. The heat pump may have a low refrigerant level, damaged coil, or some other issue that caused it to lose efficiency.

For more signs that your home’s heat pump may be in need of repair, take a look at High Quality Heating and Air, Inc.’s heat pump repair services, or get in touch with our HVAC service experts today.

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