5 Surefire Signs You Need a Heat Pump Repair in Phoenix
The weather’s freezing outside. Come to think of it, it’s not so warm inside anymore either.
You jig the temperature setting on your heat pump. Nothing. All of a sudden you notice a clicking sound from inside it too. And then you recall that giant energy bill from last month.
It’s time for a heat pump repair…
Thankfully heat pumps last a long time. Indeed, according to Evergreen Energy, they can now last between 20-25 years before they need replacing. That’s some serious longevity.
However, replacing is one thing and repairing is another. And like any mechanical item, heat pumps are bound to run into issues along the way.
For such an integral part of a household, any mishaps or breakages are bound to be problematic. But how do you know when your pump needs repairing?
Keep on reading to discover 5 tell-tale signs that you need a heat pump repair in Phoenix.
5 Signs for Heat Pump Repair in Phoenix
Let’s go through 5 warning signs that indicate your heat pump probably requires repairing.
Be aware that the issues below can all indicate that your heat pump actually needs replacing. However, they can equally just indicate faults that can be repaired.
Whatever the issue, be sure to act quickly and speak with a professional to limit the damage done. This way you’ll give yourself a better chance of saving money by needing repairs alone.
1. Ever Increasing Energy Bills
Are you paying through the nose for energy that once cost considerably less?
If everything at home is the same, apart from the energy bill, the heat pump may be to blame.
Don’t be too quick to point fingers. Be sure to audit your energy consumption and external factors (such as the weather) first to see if any other changes you’ve made could explain the sudden spike in price.
At the end of the audit, it might become clear that your pump is indeed the culprit…It often is.
Thankfully there are certain things you can do to improve/restore the efficiency of your pump. You can try cleaning/replacing the vents and filters, for example. But the easiest thing to do is to call a repair person to come to take a look for you.
They might say you can fix the problem with minimal fuss or through general maintenance work.
This is one case where the problem could also be more serious, or the pump may be old and past its best, meaning it needs to be replaced.
2. Faulty Heating or Cooling
Obviously, the primary purpose of your pump is to provide hot or cold air, as required.
If that ain’t happening, you may have yourself a broken heat pump. FYI, this is actually one of the most common problems you’ll come across- especially if your pump’s old and decrepit.
Say for example you’ve set the temperature to a certain level of hot or cold.
If the weather’s too hot but the pump isn’t pumping cool air as per its setting, you’ll want to get that checked out. And vice versa too- if you’re getting no warm air in cool weather settings.
It isn’t necessarily the end of the pump. But it could indicate serious issues that need to be addressed and repaired.
3. The Air Ain’t Pumpin’ Properly
Likewise, a lack of air obviously isn’t great either.
The temperature settings may be set and working correctly (unlike the problem above). But if the air supply isn’t sufficient then you’ll quickly notice changes in temperature in your home.
It could just be the filter (give it a clean!), but it could also be time for a pro to come and take a look.
4. It’s Making Strange Noises
Any heat pump worth its salt should run smoothly, quietly and without fuss.
It should be a gentle hum in the background that you eventually forget about altogether.
Meaning there’s probably a problem if, all of a sudden, you hear a rattling, or a shaking, or any other unusual sounds erupting from your pump. Equally, if all goes quiet and there’s no noise at all, there could be a problem too.
Dodgy sounds usually indicate a problem somewhere inside the mechanism. Remember, a fully-functioning heat pump should run smoothly and quietly.
The sound itself could come from numerous mechanical defects, including faulty vents, filters or motors. Regardless of the source, you should search quickly for a solution and seek out a professional repair.
5. It’s Constantly Malfunctioning
All heat pumps require servicing and maintenance to keep them running properly.
Indeed, it’s recommended that you get a service at least once a year anyway, even if there’s no obvious issue. Taking this preventative approach gives you the best chance of both ensuring the longevity of your pump and catching potential problems early.
Pay attention if your pump plays up constantly throughout the year. Ongoing problems probably mean it’s time for a proper repair job.
Remember: you can’t afford to wait too long for a repair that needs doing. It’s always more cost-effective to nip any issue in the bud early.
Time to Wrap Up
And there you have it: 5 reasons you need a heat pump repair in Phoenix.
Like all mechanical objects, you’re guaranteed to run into problems over time with your pump. However, by looking and listening out for particular signs you can be sure to get the appropriate repairs in time to prevent the need for a full replacement.
Your heat pump almost certainly needs a repair if it’s no longer regulating the temperature in line with its settings, isn’t emitting enough air, is making funny noises, is causing your energy bill to skyrocket, or is a constant issue at home.
We hope this newfound knowledge will help you seek out the heat pump help you need!
Now we’d like to hear from you! What problems have you noticed with your pump? Drop us a comment below to let us know.
And be sure to contact us to see how we can solve your heat pump problems in Phoenix!
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About the Author
Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.