When you need heat pump repair in Shamokin and Sunbury, Pennsylvania, trust the experts at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc..

Your heat pump works hard to keep your space comfortable.

Unlike air conditioners, the outdoor unit on heat pumps doesn’t get to rest when the temperatures start to drop.

Instead, your heat pump functions all year to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That perpetual effort can lead to the need for repairs.

If that time does arrive, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. is happy to help. We can work on most any heat pump. We work hard to make your house the right temperature again as soon as possible.

Customer satisfaction, efficiency and safety are our top interests. We’re happy to prove it when you trust us with your home comfort. Call us at 570-648-0748 now to schedule an appointment.

Five Signs Your Heat Pump Needs to Be Repaired

Now that you know some of the root causes of heat pump damage, it might be useful to hear how those issues make themselves known. Here are some common signs something is wrong with your heat pump.

1. Heat Pump Covered in Ice

During the winter, it’s possible that your outdoor unit will have a bit of ice buildup. When this occurs, your unit should switch into a defrost cycle and reverse the refrigerant to melt the ice. If your full unit is covered in ice and won’t defrost, you have a concern that needs professional attention.

2. Heat Pump is Short Cycling

By short cycling, we mean that your heat pump turns on and stops before it’s had time to bring your home to your chosen temperature. This is a signal that your heat pump is incorrectly sized for your home. And if it isn’t taken care of, it could wear your heat pump down.

3. Energy Bills are Climbing

Your heat pump is one of the most efficient HVAC solutions available—especially if you take care of it. If you’re doing everything you can to take care of it and are still noticing your energy costs climb, it’s time to bring in a professional.

4. Heat Pump Is Noisy

Your heat pump isn’t going to be absolutely silent, but it also shouldn’t be unusually noisy. If you’re hearing new sounds from your unit—especially any that sound wrong—you may want to have a professional take a look.

5. Heating or Cooling Appears Weaker

Lower home comfort is maybe the most obvious—and annoying—sign you may need a repair. If you’ve tried changing your setting and nothing seems to work, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help.

Common Origins of Heat Pump Problems

There are quite a few things that can cause trouble for your heat pump. Here are some of the most experienced issues.

  • Absence of service. Like you, your heat pump needs to be taken care of to remain in good shape. You have an annual checkup. Your heat pump has annual maintenance. You should call in an HVAC expert twice a year to help your system stay strong. Without maintenance, you’re putting your system at risk for a breakdown.
  • Clogged filter. One of the easiest ways to keep your heat pump working correctly is to regularly check and switch out your air filter. If you avoid it, your system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Working overtime like that can lead to damage, and later, a repair.
  • Component failure. Your heat pump is made of a variety of parts—both moving and stationary. They’re all important to heating and cooling your home efficiently. When one breaks down, it can make it difficult—or impossible—for your system to carry on without a repair.
  • Thermostat problems. Your thermostat is a precise instrument. Any trouble with it could make your house less comfortable.

Should I Repair or Replace My Heat Pump?

When your heat pump fails, it seems only natural to call for a repair. But sometimes, a repair isn’t worth the investment. In those times, a replacement is a better option. Here are some factors that can help you decide if a repair is a better option:

  • Your heat pump is less than 10 years old. If your heat pump is still relatively young, a repair likely makes sense. It still has a lot of life left for you. However, if your heat pump is aging, a replacement might make more financial sense.
  • You haven’t repaired your heat pump a bunch of times. If a repair on your system is a relatively rare occurrence, you may want to go ahead with the repair. If you feel like you’ve been repairing your unit pretty often, it might be time to contemplate a replacement.
  • The repair you need is inexpensive. If a technician can take care of your issue quickly and the price is relatively low, a repair is probably your best choice. But if your repair will take you for quite a bit—like replacing your heat pump’s compressor—it’s likely better to invest that money into a new heat pump that will serve you for a lot longer.

What’s the Next Step Toward a New Heat Pump?

A LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. technician can walk you through all your options and help you decide if repair or replacement makes more sense for your system. No matter what you need, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 570-648-0748 or request an appointment with us online.

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