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3 Common Heat Pump Issues to Look for This Winter

December 19, 2016

When your heat pump isn’t working properly, you’re bound to experience chilly temperatures, reduced energy efficiency and expensive breakdowns. Address these three heat pump issues before they escalate, and you’ll keep your costs low and your Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home comfortable all season long.

Insufficient Heat

If you rely on your heat pump to keep your family warm, insufficient heat is an unwelcome surprise. When you notice that your heat pump is blowing cool air, check the thermostat immediately to make sure that it’s set to heat your home.

If the thermostat is programmed correctly but the system still isn’t heating your home properly, give our team at Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating a call. We’ll inspect the outdoor and indoor units and determine whether the problem lies with the compressor, the coolant lines or something else.

Refrigerant Leaks

Even though you use a heat pump to stay warm in the winter, this type of system still needs refrigerant to operate. Minor refrigerant leaks lead to higher operating costs, while major leaks limit the amount of warmth a heat pump generates and lead to complete system breakdowns.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, don’t wait for a minor issue to become a major one. Contact our team for a professional inspection.

Ice Buildup

You’ll rarely spot snow or ice falling from the sky in the Jacksonville Beach area, but it can build up on your heat pump. Most models automatically defrost to eliminate any ice buildup, but problems within the unit such as debris accumulation on the coils, can make this process difficult.

Since ice can cause extensive damage to your heat pump, this is an issue you shouldn’t take lightly. Take the time to do a visual check of your heat pump, especially if it seems to be struggling. If you see ice on the exterior, turn off the system and call our team right away.

If any of these heat pump problems sound familiar, don’t wait to schedule repairs. Call the heating experts at Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating today at (904) 574-5619.

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