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The Most Common Heat Pump Problems

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A heat pump can be an efficient and convenient heating and cooling solution for homeowners in Maryland. This one device transfers warmth from the ground surrounding your home to the interior of your house during the winter and exchanges cool ground air for the warmth inside during the summer. Since a heat pump transfers energy rather than creating it, it is generally less expensive to operate than a furnace when the weather is not too extreme.

However, even the most reliable heating and cooling solutions may eventually have issues and require repairs as they age.

Common Heat Pump Problems Include:

1. Your heat pump has ice on the coils. The outdoor coils are designed to stay at a constant 32 degree temperature, causing any moisture in the air to form frost on the coils. Heat pump manufacturers anticipate this problem and typically include a defrost cycle to eliminate any frost build-up. If the ice gets thick and/or never seems to go away, contact the specialists at Michael Bonsby HVAC for a repair.

2. Your heat pump makes noise. Another common heat pump problem is excessive noise. This can be caused by a number of issues, including everything from a loose screw to worn out bearings in the blower. If your heat pump is making noise, it’s time to call your local HVAC technician.

3. Your heat pump is turning on and off too quickly. Another common issue with heat pumps is the unit cycling too quickly. This general occurs when your heat pump overheats and triggers the automatic shut-off valve. When the unit cools sufficiently, it tries to restart, only to overheat again and shut down. This issue, too, requires a visit from a HVAC technician.

4. Your heat pump fails to turn on. If your unit fails to turn on when the thermostat indicates that it should, this can be the result of a faulty thermostat, a faulty wire connecting the heat pump to the power source, or a defective breaker. If this is one of the heat pump problems you’re having, it’s time to call an electrician.

To learn how to keep your heating system running smoothly all winter long or to schedule a heat pump repair in the Maryland or Washington, DC area, contact Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today. We’ve been helping homeowners in the Montgomery County area resolve all types of heat pump problems for over two decades. Let us put our experience to work for you!

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