Signs You Need Heat Pump Repair
Regular heat pump maintenance is the best way to keep your system running smoothly. But if you notice any of the following signs, you may want to call us for heat pump repair in Eden Prairie.
No Hot or Cool Air
An obvious sign of trouble with your heat pump is if the unit is not cooling or heating properly despite the thermostat being set to the correct temperature. While air that’s not the right temperature may simply indicate dirty filters or low refrigerant, we will inspect your system for other potential causes. Our technicians will check your vent cover, evaporator coils, air handler, reversing valve, and air ducts to identify and correct the problem.
Bad smells may also just mean that it’s time to change your filters. However, some smells have more serious causes and require more substantial measures. For example, musty odors may indicate mold growing inside the ducts or on the evaporator coils. If you smell sulfur, call us immediately, as you could have a gas leak in your home.
You should also contact us for service if you hear any unusual noises coming from the unit, including hissing, screeching, rattling, squeaking, or loud banging. Rattling noises may be due to loose parts, while squeaking noises often arise from more serious issues with the pump itself.
Uneven Heat Distribution
Dirty filters, coils, and fans can restrict airflow, causing the pump to blow hot air unevenly in certain areas of your home. Inconsistent temperatures across your house can also happen with older HVAC units due to normal wear and tear.
Frequent or Infrequent Cycling
A heat pump that turns on and off too often (or not often enough) may indicate clogged filters, malfunctioning thermostats, faulty fans, or defective valves. Your heat pump may even run continuously if you have a refrigerant leak.
A heat pump pulls moisture from the air and disposes of it via a condensate drain. Dirt, algae, and other debris can clog the drain, causing water to accumulate and eventually leak. Other common causes of leaks are dirty heat pump coils, frozen evaporator coils, and cracked overflow pans.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
If your heat pump is older or hasn’t received proper maintenance, you may experience poor air quality in your home. Obstructed or dirty filters can spread a variety of contaminants, including dust mites, outdoor allergens, mold, bacteria, and pet dander.
Higher Energy Bills
Over time, dust, debris, and corrosion can build up in your system — especially if it hasn’t received the required heat pump maintenance. This makes the heat pumps less efficient, which often results in higher energy costs.
Do You Need Heat Pump Replacement?
If you notice any of the signs above, schedule a visit from BWS Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians will evaluate your unit to see if a repair will suffice or whether it’s time for a replacement.
In the following circumstances, heat pump replacement may save you time and money in the long run:
- Your unit is more than 10 years old
- It needs frequent repairs
- The required fix is costly
- Your energy bills suddenly skyrocket
- Your warranty is no longer valid