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Here Are Your Most Common Heat Pump Repairs

air-conditioning-condenser-wrenchMany homeowners across the country are opting to have heat pumps installed in their homes, and if you are one of those homeowners, you are well aware of the benefits: heat pumps are efficient, effective, and quite versatile. In fact, heat pumps are one of the few HVAC systems in the market that allow for both summertime cooling and wintertime heating, making them a convenient and cost-effective choice. But, no matter how great your system is, it is going to require repairs at some point. And when this happens, you are going to need a team of expert HVAC contractors in Hamilton, OH to service your system.

If you own a heat pump, it is important that you schedule your repairs at the first sign of a problem to prevent it from growing worse. That is why it is important to be aware of some of the most common repairs that your system may experience. So below, we have outlined a few of them for you. Keep reading to find out more!  

The Most Common Heat Pump Repairs

Refrigerant Leaks

Your heat pump works much like an air conditioner, utilizing the flow of refrigerant to transfer heat from one place to another. Refrigerant is necessary for the operation of your heat pump in both the winter and the summer, so when there is a leak, you can surely expect some issues to follow. A leak in the refrigerant line means that there isn’t enough to properly absorb and transfer heat, which can cause damage to the compressor and impact your comfort.

An HVAC professional will be able to seal up any leaks in the refrigerant line and recharge the refrigerant so that your system works efficiently and effectively again. Do not hesitate to contact a professional if you notice a decline in heating/cooling power or hear any strange hissing sounds.

Outdoor Unit Iced Over

The outdoor coil is where heat is released in the winter and absorbed in the summer. In the winter, it is quite common for a layer of frost to develop on the outdoor unit. However, your heat pump should be running a defrost cycle to get rid of this frost because if too much ice builds up, it can block the unit entirely, leading to all sorts of issues. If this happens, it is important that you contact a professional right away, as this issue puts immense strain on your system and can eventually lead to a system break down.

Broken Reversing Valve

The reversing valve is what allows the heat pump to reverse the flow of refrigerant, granting you the ability to switch between “heating mode” and “cooling mode”. Sometimes though, the reversing valve may fail and end up getting stuck in one position, which will prevent you from switching between heating and cooling modes. If this happens, be sure to hire an expert who can replace the faulty valve for you.

Electrical Failure

Your heat pump uses electricity to power the compressor and the fan motors. Therefore, electrical failure is a quite common reason for heat pump repairs. Sometimes, certain electrical components will need to be replaced, and when this happens, you are going to need to hire a professional who knows what they are doing.

For all your heat pump and HVAC repair needs, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling. 

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