Homeowners in warmer areas of the country can avail themselves of a heat pump and rely on Complete Heating and Cooling’s heat pump repair in Fredericksburg. The heat pump works like an air conditioner and a reverse air conditioner as it provides heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. The inner workings of a heat pump are complex. Because of that, it requires regular maintenance and needs to be seen too quickly if it’s not working the way it should. Our technicians who perform heat pump repair in Fredericksburg are pleased to serve our customer’s heat pumps. Here are some common problems and repairs that a heat pump may need.
Heat Pump Won’t Run at All
Often, when the heat pump doesn’t run there’s either a problem with the thermostat or the fuse or circuit breaker. There may also be a problem with the electrical disconnect switch. Whatever the problem is that’s causing the heat pump not to run, our technicians can repair it.
Heat Pump Has Short Cycles
When a heat pump cycles on and off too quickly that often means something is blocking the outdoor coil. It can also mean that the unit has a clogged filter or that the blower unit is broken. Our heating repair Fredericksburg specialists will clear the outdoor coil and check the filter and the blower unit. The blower unit may need some oil or there may be something amiss with the tension in the belt. The belt can also be frayed or cracked. In that case, it will need to be replaced. When it comes to heat pump repair in Fredericksburg, that’s an easy job for us.
The Defrost Cycles Are Too Long or Too Frequent
When temperatures drop to around freezing, a customer may see frost on the heat pump’s outdoor coil. This is normal and is a unit that’s working well, the reversing valve should help melt the frost. The unit may steam or make a gurgling sound, but that’s normal. however, if there is a lot of ice on the unit, that means it isn’t defrosting. If there is never any frost at all even when the air outside is freezing, that may mean that the unit is stuck in defrosting mode. This is also true when the defrost cycle lasts longer than 15 minutes.
The problem here may be that the outdoor coil is blocked. Call our heating repair Fredericksburg technicians, and we will remove the blockage and have the heat pump running properly.
If the heat pump is delivering air that’s cooler than the customer is used to, it may be because the air duct system is blocked or unbalanced. Our heat pump repair in Fredericksburg technicians can unblock and balance the air ducts. One thing to keep in mind is that if the outside temperature reaches the heat pump system’s balance point differential, the temperature in the house will be 2 or 3 degrees cooler than the customer may be used to. That’s usually when the backup heating takes over. The balance point differential is the difference between the heat loss and the heat gains of the house.
A heat pump that’s not delivering air cool enough to make the household comfortable may be low on refrigerant. If the levels are too low, the unit not only won’t deliver cool air but can fail. Adding refrigerant is a job for a licensed HVAC professional because refrigeration is dangerous to handle. We are pleased that our heating repair Fredericksburg technicians have the knowledge, expertise, and credentials to safely add refrigerant to a system.
Heat Pump Won’t Reverse
Few things are more frustrating to a homeowner than trying to reverse the pump from heating to cooling or vice versa and it won’t reverse. This means that the reversing valve is broken. When that happens, the unit will only deliver cool air or heated air all year. This is a time to call in our heating repair Fredericksburg professionals to replace the valve.
Sounds that a customer may consider strange may be normal to the heat pump’s functioning, such as the gurgling sound when the defrost cycle is on. Other sounds such as squeaks, rattles, or grinding may mean the unit’s bearings are worn or something else in the system is loose. Our technicians who perform heat pump repair in Fredericksburg are trained to interpret these sounds and fix whatever is causing them if what is causing them needs fixing. If a customer hears something that they think is out of order, they shouldn’t hesitate to call for heat pump repair in Fredericksburg. It may be nothing, or it may be a symptom of something that is easy and inexpensive to fix now but will cost lots of money to repair later. A compressor that is burning out makes a grinding noise, and not fixing it promptly can cause the entire heat pump to have to be replaced.
Need Heat Pump Repair in Fredericksburg? Call Us at Complete Heating and Cooling
If your heat pump is failing to deliver heat or cool air, if it’s making strange sounds, won’t reverse, or is cycling too frequently, don’t hesitate to call Complete Heating and Cooling. We not only serve customers in Fredericksburg but also those in Spotsylvania and Stafford. Call today for heat pump repair.