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Heed These Signs of Heat Pump Disrepair


When you live somewhere like the Black Forest area, it’s nice to know that you can enjoy the heating comfort provided by a heat pump that will keep up with your needs. Whether it’s the coldest of days or the middle of a heat wave, you know your heat pump will work hard–until it stops doing so.

Nobody likely waking up to a chilly house in the middle of winter, only to discover that their heater is supposed to be operating and isn’t. Maybe it’s making noise and some air is coming through the vents, but it’s not actually warm. This is a clear sign that something is amiss with your heat pump.

There are other signs, too, that can indicate a problem with your heat pump system. Read on as we uncover what they are, and then if you discover any of these signs, give us a call!

The Warning Signs

Understanding the warning signs that you should schedule heat pump repair ASAP will save you both money and time in the long run. These are the signs you should keep your eyes and ears open for:

Strange Sounds

Heat pumps are known for operating relatively quietly. So, if your system starts to create strange, loud noises when it operates, such as hissing, rattling, or screeching, then there is definitely a problem that needs addressing.

Basically, if you hear anything other than the whoosh of temperature-controlled air in your home it’s cause for concern.

Bad Smells

If you haven’t had your heat pump cleaned in the last several months, then you might notice that it emits a slight burning odor, which can be caused by dust being heated up and burned off the coils when the system cycles on.

However, this is a smell that should dissipate within a few days of your heat pump being switched from cooling to heating mode. So if you’re still smelling it this late into the winter season, it’s time to call us! It could be that you have electrical wiring that is damaged and smoldering, or it could be something else that’s going on internally.

Uneven Heating

Unless you have a ductless heat pump and you purposely set the temperatures on them differently, your heat pump should be able to warm your home up evenly. If this isn’t happening, then it’s time to call our team for repairs before the problem grows worse.

It may not even be a problem with your heat pump system itself, but rather the ductwork it’s connected to.

Lack of Professional Maintenance

Here’s the thing–heating maintenance needs to be scheduled with a professional once a year. Cooling maintenance needs to be scheduled once a year as well. If you have a heat pump, this doesn’t mean you only have to schedule maintenance once annually! It means you need to schedule it twice a year.

So, if the last time you had professional maintenance done was last Spring, then there is a very good chance your heat pump could have service needs–especially if it’s an older system (10-15) years. It’s not too late to schedule maintenance, so give us a call!

Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for quality heating in Black Forest, CO. Contact us today!

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