Heat pump systems are becoming more prevalent in homes around Round Rock. This system, which works by exchanging heat between the inside of your home & the air outside, can be a very effective alternative when it comes to heating & cooling your home. These heat pumps, like all heating & cooling systems, come with unique problems that homeowners may be unfamiliar with. In this post we discuss common troubleshooting tips & problems associated with these systems.

Easy Fixes

Heat pumps, just like all units, require upkeep to keep them at peak efficiency. A common problem we see with them is low refrigerant, dirty coils, or a clogged filter. These problems cause the system to work harder to do its job. Luckily, these are easy problems to fix & generally are a good practice to check regularly to ensure the longevity of your investment.

Sound Check

If there is an unusual sound, like banging or metal grinding, when the unit is on then it is time to call in the professionals. This sound is likely caused by a part coming loose and further use can result in damage to the unit. These units have moving parts within them & small loose parts can cause the whole unit to lose calibration. Which can lead to a bigger, much more expensive repair. This is why we recommend having a professional inspect the unit prior to big weather changes to ensure all parts are working properly.  

What else could it be?

Heat pump units require less energy to operate than traditional units, but if you are seeing higher than average electricity bills or your unit is constantly running, it could be cause for concern. If it is during the peak summer or winter months, it could just be an issue with your thermostat. We recommend having a professional check the unit to ensure the thermostat is working properly.

Something to Consider

Heat pumps are designed to regulate air flow at a slower rate than a traditional furnace. Therefore, it is not uncommon for them to be on for long periods of time during the colder or hotter months of the year. However, if you feel like it is not heating or cooling your home properly, the unit could be too small to efficiently heat your space. It is also advisable to check the amount of insulation within the home. Insufficient insulation can result in massive heating bills. By causing your unit to work harder. The Insulation Institute offers a guild for homeowners to see whether their insulation measures up to national recommendations.

The best practice for getting maximum efficiency out of your heat pump unit is to get regular preventative maintenance performed. By taking this step, your heat pump will provide your Round Rock home with the perfect temperature all year around! At Alamo Austin Air, we have extensive knowledge of heat pumps and would like to be your ‘go to guys’ for all your service needs! Visit our website or give us a call at 512-736-0145 to learn more about our heating & cooling services!