Common Problems with Heat Pumps This Season

Austin, TX is an ideal place for a heat pump, which combines the effects of a heater and an air conditioner into one single unit. Heat pumps work well in areas with mild winters like ours, but which still need a reliable heating source for the occasional cold day in the winter months. They can save you a lot of heating costs and regular maintenance should last a long time. But like any other system, it suffers problems from time to time, and when it does, you should contact a trained professional to have it addressed. Here’s a list of common problems with heat pumps this season that you should look into.

Low Refrigerant

Low refrigerant levels stem from leaks in the heat pump somewhere, which throws off the delicate balance required for the system to do its job.  The air won’t be as hot or cool when you need it and the added strain of overcoming the imbalance could lead to further problems with other parts of the system. Refrigerant is dangerous, so always call a professional when you suspect a leak.

Can’t Switch

Some homeowners may notice an inability to switch from cooling to the heating mode in their heat pumps. This can stem from a number of different factors, including problems with the thermostat or a faulty reversing valve. But whatever the cause, your heat pump won’t function as a heater until it gets repaired.

Low Air Flow

Low air flow can stem from a problem with the fan motor, a blockage in the vents or an electrical issue somewhere in the system. It’s particularly troublesome not only because it keeps your home from getting as warm as it should, but because the hot air trapped in the system can overheat other components.

Call Intelligent Air Services for top-notch heat pump repair!