There are some common issues that develop in older heat pumps and indicate the need for replacement. Of course, in some cases, the issue can be resolved at an early stage to prolong the life of the unit. Again, preventative maintenance is key to staying on top of common heat pump problems.
It’s normal for a heat pump to make sounds when it’s cycling on and off. However, other than that, its operations should be fairly quiet. You should not hear any clanging, banging, rattling, or other strange noises coming from the unit or your ventilation system. If you notice such noises, it could indicate a dangerous situation. Turn your system off and call us right away.
High Energy Bills
Have you noticed the energy bills in your home increasing over the past couple of years? If so, it could mean that your heat pump needs to be replaced. Older units decline in efficiency, making them work harder to maintain the comfort levels in your home, which increases what you pay and monthly energy bills. Of course, working harder also causes more wear and tear, which decreases the unit’s lifespan.
Ice Forming Inside Unit
While it’s normal to see temporary frost build-up on the coils of a heat pump, you should not see any thick ice build-up. It could indicate poor airflow due to blocked ventilation, a clogged air filter, or a malfunctioning blower motor. Call us. We’ll come out and inspect your system and let you know what’s going on in detail.
Heat pump short cycling happens when the unit automatically turns off without completing its full cycle. This means that the unit is continuously running in its startup mode, instead of its mode of optimal efficiency. This will cause inefficient heating in the home, increased wear and tear on the unit, and higher energy bills.