Now that you understand some of the root causes of heat pump damage, it may be useful to hear how those concerns make themselves known. Here are some general signs something is wrong with your heat pump.
1. Heat Pump Coated in Ice
During the colder months, it’s likely that your outdoor unit will have some ice buildup. When this occurs, your equipment should move into a defrost cycle and reverse the refrigerant to melt the ice. If your full unit is coated in ice and will not defrost, you have an issue that requires skilled help.
2. Heat Pump is Short Cycling
By short cycling, we mean that your heat pump kicks on and stops before it’s had the opportunity to deliver your home to your chosen temperature. This is a sign that your heat pump is the wrong size for your home. And if it isn’t repaired, it could wear your heat pump down.
3. Energy Fees are Increasing
Your heat pump is one of the most efficient heating and cooling solutions available—particularly if you take care of it. If you’re doing everything you can to manage your system and are still noticing your energy costs climb, it’s time to bring in a pro.
4. Heat Pump is Loud
Your heat pump won’t always be completely noiseless, but it also shouldn’t be noticeably noisy. If you’re recognizing new sounds from your heat pump—in particular any that sound wrong—you ought to have a professional inspect it.
5. HVAC System Feels Weaker
Reduced home comfort is likely the central—and aggravating—indication you may need a patch. If you’ve attempted modifying your setting and it doesn’t work, ACE Solutions can help.