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Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair

A heat pump is a great investment for your home because it offers all-in-one heating and cooling. But, even the best systems will have repair needs here and there. Staying ahead of repairs is the golden rule for maintaining your heat pump so that it can have a long and efficient lifespan.

The best way to take care of your heat pump is to pay attention to how it operates and give our team a call for AC repair in Blue Ridge, VA, if you notice any unusual signs that could indicate something is wrong. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs of heat pump problems and how to stay ahead of a heat pump breakdown. 

Bad Odors

Your heat pump should never produce bad smells as a part of normal operation. Any odors coming from a heat pump should be a red flag, even if they aren’t strong. Two examples of heat pump odors that are concerning include burning smells and musty odors. 

Burning can indicate that something is going wrong inside the heat pump, whether it’s faulty wiring or components that are grinding together when they shouldn’t. And if you smell anything musty, it can indicate that mold or mildew are growing inside the system. When this happens, the spores can blow back out into your home and lead to negative health impacts for you and your family.

Loud Noises

Loud noises are another indication of heat pump problems. Sure, your heat pump is going to make a few sounds here in there as a normal part of operation. but they should never be particularly loud or unusual. Loud or alarming noises can mean that something major is going wrong. But even sounds that can be completely normal sometimes are concerning other times. 

For example, if your ductwork rattles when your system first turns on, this can be completely normal because of temperature changes as the thin metal material expands and contracts. But rattling at any other time can mean that you either have loose ductwork or small components inside the heat pump that are loose.

Poor Output

You should also pay attention to any changes in your heat pump’s cool air output. If you suddenly have to lower the thermostat temperature more to achieve the same result, something is wrong inside of the system that is preventing it from cooling your home as effectively as it usually does. Problems with output can include poor airflow or lukewarm airflow that is perfectly strong, but not cool enough.

System Age

Another indication that it’s time to service your heat pump is the system’s age. The older your heat pump gets, the more and more likely it becomes that you will need to address repairs. It is completely normal to have a repair here or there over your heat pump lifespan. Parts wear out and need to be replaced or sometimes malfunction. In the last two years of your heat pump’s life, you may see an increase in the number of repairs that you need to make. 

The average lifespan of a heat pump is around 15 years. If you don’t invest in regular annual maintenance, your heat pump may last closer to 8-10 years. If you do take excellent care of your heat pump and keep up with service appointments, it can last closer to 15 years or maybe longer.

We can help you make the best choice for heat pump service and installation. Rely on the experts at W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment today.

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