Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

AC or a Heat Pump: What’s the Best Choice for a New HVAC System This Spring?

Monday, April 25th, 2022

This is the best time of year to arrange for a new air conditioning installation in Mason, OH. Our weather is currently hovering around the 50s and 60s, so it’s not hot enough for you to start using your AC, and you probably aren’t facing any major heating emergencies either. You can plan to put in a new AC during this time if your current one is coming to the end of its service life (from 10–15 years) or has become just too expensive or unreliable to continue to run.

You do have more options when it comes to a cooling system installation than just a standard split system air conditioner. This season, you may wish to consider a heat pump for your house rather than a conventional AC. A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner in many ways, with the important exception that it can change the direction it moves refrigerant and bring heat into the house as well.

Is a heat pump a viable choice for your spring HVAC installation? We’ll look more into that question below.

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At What Point Will a Heat Pump Struggle With Heating a House?

Monday, December 6th, 2021

thermometers-high-and-lowIf you have a heat pump to warm and cool your home, or you have given serious thought to having one installed to replace your cooling and heating in West Chester, OH, then you’re likely aware that heat pumps can struggle in extreme cold weather. When a heat pump operates in heating mode, it moves heat from the outdoors to the indoors. Although there’s always some heat outdoors, no matter how cold it is, a heat pump can begin to lose energy efficiency when the temperatures fall too far. 

Is this something you need to worry about with your heat pump? At what temperature will your heat pump begin losing its efficiency?

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Is There a Difference in the Heat From a Furnace and a Heat Pump?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

heating-cooling-ventThis is a debate homeowners often face when making a major update to their HVAC system that will replace both the old air conditioning system and the old furnace: should they replace the AC and furnace with another AC and furnace, or should they instead put in a heat pump to handle both heating and cooling?

A quick glance at that question may seem like the answer is simple: a heat pump. If it does both jobs, why not save the time and put in the single unit? But the answer isn’t simple. Heat pumps are more expensive than a standard AC, and they may not be right for all homes. Many people have heard that heat pumps simply can’t stack up when it comes to home heating compared to a furnace, and that they just don’t feel warm enough.

We’re going to look closer at the question of the heat from a furnace vs. a heat pump and provide some answers. The best way to get the detailed answers you need for your home and family is to call our Fairfield, OH, HVAC experts. They’ll guide you to the right system for your needs.

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Are Heat Pumps Really That Great?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

cool-house-hot-houseYou probably landed on this blog post because you’re currently thinking about replacing your old AC before the summer heat starts. You’ve heard about heat pumps and how they are an excellent option for an HVAC replacement since they work as both cooling and heating systems. But are heat pumps really good options for you to consider? Are they really as fantastic as you hear?

The answer is “Yes, but …” We’ll explain more below.

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How Can a Heat Pump Heat and Cool?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

temperature-is-just-rightThere are plenty of instances where “sounds too good to be true” will be applicable. This is not so with the heat pump. We understand your skepticism if you are not too familiar with these systems, but the fact is that you actually can use a heat pump to both cool your home effectively and to heat it with great energy efficiency. In today’s post, we’ll explore how it is that the heat pump is able to pull off this feat.

The underlying concept of how the heat pump heats and cools is actually quite simple. Don’t let that fool you into believing that the system itself or the services that it requires are simple, though. If you do decide to use a heat pump in Oxford, OH,  you are going to need professional installation, maintenance, and, occasionally,  repair services. When you do, remember that you can always count on our technicians to do the job—any job—right the first time.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Cool?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

One of the biggest benefits of owning a heat pump is that it is a dual-mode system, providing heat during the winter months and cool air during the summer months. However, switching between modes can sometimes be an issue for a few reasons, as we’ll discuss below. No matter what the issue with your heat pump in Oxford, DE, you should always call an expert for help. Heat pump systems are complex, and allowing someone to work on them without the proper training and expertise can lead to other more serious issues, in addition to potentially being more costly. The NATE-certified technicians at Bartels Heating & Cooling are available day or night, so if you are experiencing an issue with your heat pump, call us today!

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Consider Heat Pump Installation for the Transition from Heating to Cooling Season

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Spring is here and with it comes a slow transition in most households, as they turn their furnace off and start prepping their air conditioner for the summer. That makes it an excellent time to trade out your old HVAC system for a new one, possibly a heat pump which combines the features of a heater and an air conditioner in one. Here in Fairfield, OH, one of our heating installation technicians can discuss the specifics with you, and well as giving you some reasons to consider heat pump installation for the transition from heating to cooling season. We’ll discuss a few of the more general ones below.

Heat pumps provide a number of benefits for those so interested. They often cost less to run than a traditional heating or cooling system, saving you money in your monthly bills and reducing your environmental impact in the bargain. Then there’s the convenience of combining a heater and an air conditioner into a single system, used throughout the year and able to provide heating and cooling in equal measures. Though the up-front cost is a little more, the long-term savings of regular use could save you a great deal.

Furthermore, spring makes an ideal time to make the change, when temperatures are mild and you don’t need heating or air conditioning the way you would in the summer or the winter. That gives you maximum flexibility in terms of scheduling the installation. You can find a time that works for you instead of rushing in front of the next heat wave or winter storm. That lowers stress and makes the process of installation much easier.

If you’re considering heat pump installation for the transition from heating to cooling season, now is obviously the time to act. And when you do, Bartels Heating & Cooling is ready to help. Our Fairfield, OH heating installation services include heat pumps and our trained staff has the experience you need to do the job right. Call us today and let us show you what we can do!

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How Heat Pumps Provide Both Heating and Cooling

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Many homeowners in West Chester, OH have heat pumps in their homes. With only a single unit, they receive both air conditioning and heating. However, heat pump owners often know few of the details about how these wonderful devices do both the jobs of an AC and a heater.

A heat pump isn’t a combo-unit that packages two separate systems together: it uses the same method to provide heating as it does to provide cooling. In this post, we’ll give you a short guide to understanding the dual function of heat pumps.

If you need repairs for your heat pump, or if you’re interested in having one installed, call Bartels Heating & Cooling. We’ve served Southwest Ohio since 1973.

Heat exchange: how the heat pump heats and cools

Heat pumps operate through heat exchange, which neither creates heat nor cold. Instead, heat exchange moves heat from one location to another. If you remove heat from a room, the room will feel cooler. If you bring heat into the room, it feels warmer. A heat pump is designed so that it will move the heat to wherever you need it the most: inside or outside. In the summer, you will want the heat outside. In the winter, you will want it inside.

Here’s how the heat pump manages this. Your heat pump consists of two units, an indoor and an outdoor unit. Flowing between the two units along copper lines is a chemical blend known as refrigerant, which can easily change between liquid and gaseous states. The refrigerant absorbs heat from an evaporator coil located in one of the units, then moves to a compressor, which squeezes the refrigerant to a high-pressure, high-temperature gas. The refrigerant then moves to a condenser coil, where it releases the heat. After that it travels back to the condenser coil to restart the cycle.

During cooling mode, the indoor coil acts as the evaporator, absorbing the heat. When the heat pump goes into heating mode, a reversing valve changes the direction of the flow of refrigerant. Now, the indoor coil acts as the condenser, releasing heat, and the outdoor coil acts as the evaporator, absorbing heat.

Keep your heat pump working for you: repairs and maintenance

Heat pumps are complex devices that require the balance of different components to operate correctly. If you sense something wrong with your heat pump, summon a repair technician immediately. Make sure you schedule regular maintenance once a year to see that your heat pump is working its best and not developing potential malfunctions.

Bartels Heating & Cooling offers 24-hour emergency service when you need help with your heat pump. We also offer excellent maintenance and installation for your heat pump in West Chester, OH.

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Heat Pump Repair: Compressor Won’t Start

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Heat pumps operate according to the same basic principles of air conditioning. Refrigerant passes through the compressor, which pressurizes it, and it then goes through the condenser coils, where it dissipates the heat into the outdoor air and condenses into a liquid. The liquid then enters an evaporator system, which returns it to a gaseous state and cools the surrounding air in the process. (The air is them blown into the home with a fan.) Heat pumps simply make this process reversible, allowing you to release either hot or cool air into your West Chester, OH home. Otherwise, it doesn’t significantly differ from the functioning of an air conditioning. But what happens when the compressor won’t start?

The compressor can suffer from a number of possible problems from a lack of cooling capacity (usually caused by a refrigerant leak) to an excessively long cycle (likely caused by general wear and tear). If it fails to turn on entirely, however, you’re likely looking at an overheated or broken-down unit. Many compressor motors have automatic shut-off switches designed to prevent greater damage. Those that don’t might overheat if they are old or suffer from other damage. Regardless, the compressor motor will probably need to be replaced.

In some cases, the compressor may not start because of a problem with the electrical wiring delivering power from your home’s circuit breaker box. Check the box to see if the breaker has been triggered. If it has – and if it keeps triggering when you try to run the heat pump – you likely have something wrong with the wiring and will need to replace it.

A professional heating techncian can usually handle all of your West Chester, OH pump repair needs. If your compressor won’t start, then call Bartels Heating & Cooling for help. We handle West Chester, OH heat pump repair issues of all varieties, and will work diligently to fix the source of your compressor problems. Call us today and get your heat pump back on track.

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