Now that you understand some of the usual causes of heat pump damage, it might be useful to understand how those issues come about. Here are some prevalent signs something is going awry with your heat pump.
1. Heat Pump Coated in Ice
During the frigid days of winter, it’s likely that your outdoor unit will have a bit of ice accumulation. When this develops, your system should move into a defrost cycle and revert the refrigerant to melt the ice. If your entire unit is layered in ice and will not defrost, you have a problem that demands skilled attention.
2. Heat Pump is Short Cycling
By short cycling, we mean that your heat pump starts and stops before it’s had a chance to get your space to your preferred temperature. This is a signal that your heat pump is incorrectly sized for your home. If you don’t get it taken care of, it could damage your heat pump.
3. Energy Fees are Going Up
Your heat pump is one of the most productive heating and cooling solutions available—even if if you maintain it well. If you’re doing everything you can to maintain it and are still seeing your energy costs increase, it’s time to bring in a pro.
4. Heat Pump is Noisy
Your heat pump is not going to absolutely silent, but it also shouldn’t be noticeably loud. If you’re recognizing new sounds from your unit—in particular any that sound out of place—you ought to have an expert inspect it.
5. Home Comfort System Seems Weaker
Lower home comfort is likely the most obvious—and annoying—sign you may need a fix. If you’ve tested adjusting your setting and it doesn’t work, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help.