Besides single unit cooling and heating, there are other benefits of heat pumps that you should know about:
- Quieter operation
- Greater energy efficiency
- Reduced carbon emissions
- Use of electricity instead of gas
Heat pumps require occasional repairs to keep them running. All homeowners should know the signs of common problems so that they realize when to call in a professional. If the device is not heating or cooling sufficiently, this could indicate an issue with the compressor, a refrigerant leak, or something clogged in the heat pump. Electrical or mechanical issues can cause a heat pump to make odd noises. You might notice squealing, banging, rattling, or grinding.
If the refrigerant level is too low or there is an airflow or defrost problem, you might notice a thin layer of ice or frost on the outdoor unit. If your heat pump’s airflow is not adequate, this can reduce its cooling and heating efficiency. When the problem occurs, it can be due to blocked ducts or a problem with the fan or motor. An issue with the thermostat might mean that when you make temperature adjustments, your heat pump won’t respond to them.
Water leaks can sprout from the outdoor or indoor unit. Eventually, this could damage the unit if the water backs up into it. Clogged or block drain lines can cause this problem.