What Are the Most Common Heat Pump Issues?

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The temperatures are really warming up throughout the Montgomery County, MD area—and families all around are starting to call for heat pump inspection. The experts at Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning are frequently asked what the most common heat pump issues are, and what they can do to fix them!

To learn about the most common heat pump issues, call us at 301-990-7970 or keep reading for more information.

Three Most Common Heat Pump Issues

While heat pumps are generally very reliable, they may run into problems as they get older. Some of the most common heat pump issues homeowners in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, and Clarksburg face are:

Compressor issues – the compressor is the part of your heat pump that turns the refrigerant gas from the evaporator back into a liquid. The liquid then circulates through the rest of the heat pump and pulls heat from inside your home to deposit it back outside. If your heat pump is using more energy than usual, doesn’t turn on properly, or isn’t working as effectively as it should, you may have an issue with your compressor.

Refrigerant leaks – your heat pump doesn’t consume refrigerant as it runs. So if you have a low refrigerant charge, there’s a problem! A low refrigerant charge basically means you have a refrigerant leak, which for environmental and health reasons should be repaired immediately. How can you tell if you have a leak? Look for the common warning signs—a spike in your energy bills, inefficient heating and, possibly, a strange odor around the unit.

Frozen coils/condenser – it might seem strange, but your heat pump coils (and in rare cases, even the condenser) can ice up, even on the hottest days of summer! This is most commonly caused by blocked air vents or registers—clogged filters are usually to blame. If your heat pump stops working, check the filters and make sure they’re clear. To be safe, make sure you change your filters often—if the problem goes unnoticed, it could cause major damage to your heat pump!

At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve seen just about every heat pump problem that could possibly exist. If you need service for your heat pump, including inspection, repair, or replacement, call us or contact us online today!

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