Four Common Heat Pump Issues

Four Common Heat Pump Issues, Explained

Even Florida’s balmy climate can go on vacation during the winter months, and many Sunshine State residents find themselves reaching for the thermostat when temperatures dip into jacket weather. If you find that your furnace is constantly cycling on and off or just doesn’t seem to be getting your home as warm as it normally does, you may be facing a heat pump problem.

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3 Reasons to Install Heat Pumps in Daytona Beach

Heat pumps make an alternative to more traditional forms of heating and cooling systems. They work the same way an air conditioner does: moving refrigerant gas through a series of valves and coils that first shift the gas into a liquid (releasing heat in the process) then revert it back to a gas (cooling the air around it). The only difference is that an air conditioner vents the hot air as waste. The heat pump harnesses it to warm your home in the winter as well as using the cool air to keep your home comfortable in the summer. Here in Daytona Beach, air conditioning systems are more important than heating systems, but our winters get cold enough to make heat pumps a very attractive option. Here are 3 reasons to install heat pumps in Daytona Beach.

  • They save you money
    Heat pumps don’t use gas or other fuel to generate hot or cold air. They simply facilitate a heat exchange with the refrigerant. That means they use far less energy than other forms of heating and cooling, which can save you a great deal of money in monthly expenses. Over time, that can help pay for the cost of installation, and even off-set it in some cases.
  • They’re simple to use
    Because the heat pump contains heating and cooling technology in one unit, you don’t need to purchase separate heating and air conditioning units. This can come as a great relief in households that can’t comfortably accommodate a second such device.
  • They match the climate well
    The one downside to heat pumps is that they can’t heat the home as efficiently as they should when temperatures drop close to freezing. (That’s one of the reasons you don’t see them in climates further north.) But here in Florida, that’s rarely a problem, since our tropical climate keeps the temperatures well above freezing throughout the year.

If you’re thinking of reasons to install heat pumps in Daytona Beach, call the air conditioning experts at AC Designs Inc. to help. We have years of experience with heat pump technology and we can explain the ins and outs to you before helping you pick the best system that works for your home.

For quality air conditioning service in Daytona Beach, look no further than AC Designs Inc. to help get your home comfort where you want it. Give us a call today!

Signs of Heat Pump Short Cycling

“Short-cycling” refers to a problem that can occur in an HVAC system when it shuts down before it can complete one of its heating or cooling cycles. There are a number of reasons why this might happen, but one of the most common is that a HVAC system was improperly sized when it was installed and is too powerful for the space it is supposed to condition.

Short cycling will not only result in inferior heating and/or cooling, but it will place a large strain on the system, forcing it to work harder and age faster, and subsequently drain power and raise bills.

Heat pumps can short cycle in either heating or cooling mode. Whenever short cycling begins, you need to call for repairs as soon as possible for your heat pump in Daytona Beach, FL. If you let the problem persist, you will risk a system breakdown. Contact AC Designs Inc. any time of the day or night when you need help with your heat pump.

Signs Your Heat Pump is Short Cycling

The most immediate sign of short cycling is the sound coming from the heat pump. You should be accustomed to the familiar sound of the fan and then the compressor coming on during the heating and cooling cycles. If this sound starts to change because the compressor is behaving differently (shutting off early), it usually means short cycling is occurring.

Short cycling will often result in an uneven distribution of heating and cooling in your home. If the system shuts down early, it will not have proper time to reach all the rooms. If you find hot or cold spots in your house, call for repairs for the heat pump.

A less obvious warning sign is changes in your power bill. If you notice an increase in your bills that you cannot account for because of increased use or a change in seasons, then you should investigate the heat pump as a possible source. You’ll have a hard time doing this on your own, however: proper diagnosis requires trained HVAC technicians.

How Professionals Can Help

Because short-cycling can come from a variety of sources in a heat pump—loss of refrigerant, icing over the coils, problems with a damaged control board, issues in the compressor—it requires trained professionals to find what is occurring and how to stop it. If the problem is an oversized heat pump, the technicians can advise you about having a replacement put in and if new installation is your best option.

AC Designs Inc. is ready to help you with any problems you have with your heat pump in Daytona Beach, FL. Our technicians are ready 24 hours a day to assist you.

Why You Should Entrust Your Heat Pump Repair to NATE-Certified Technicians

In towns like Orange Park, FL, heat pump technology makes an efficient and reliable alternative to more traditional furnace systems. Heat pumps combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit, and work extremely efficiently in places like Florida where the winter temperatures remain very mild. When your heat pump needs repairs, you want the right technician to fix it. In particular, NATE-certified technicians offer quality service backed by a nationally recognized organization.

Here’s why you should entrust your heat pump repair to NATE-certified technicians:

NATE stands for “North American Technician Excellence,” a non-profit organization dedicated recognizing high quality HVAC and repair technicians. They’ve developed a series of certification tests that repair technicians can take to demonstrate their familiarity and expertise with all manner of heating and air conditioning repair. They recommend at least five years of experience for senior level technicians, and their testing covers both general subjects and specialty exams testing more specific areas of expertise.  NATE certification lasts two years, which means that technicians who want to keep their certification will continue to take the tests throughout their careers.

Because NATE is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, its testing standards are unbiased. That means that a NATE-certified technician possesses knowledge and expertise noted by an outside organization dedicated to providing proper verification. You can trust a NATE-certified technician to know what he or she is doing and to conduct repairs in a competent and professional manner. Considering the variety of repairs a heat pump may need to undergo, and considering that some of those repairs may involve obscure or hard-to-find cause, a NATE-certified technician can be trusted to handle the problem.

If you need Orange Park, FL heat pump service, call AC Designs Inc. Our technicians are NATE certified and possess the skills needed to do the job right the first time, every time. Let us take the worry out of the repair process and get your heat pump back up to speed!

Signs of a Problem with Your Heat Pump Defrost Cycle

Heat pumps use the same basic cycle as air conditioners to both warm and cool your home, making them an excellent all-in-one system for your home. They work especially well in areas with warm winters, making them a very good fit for places like Jacksonville, FL. You can help minimize repair costs by identifying potential trouble spots early and calling in a qualified repair technician with all deliberate speed. For example, look for signs of a problem with your heat pump defrost cycle.

The defrost cycle is activated by the defrost control, which detects ice building up on the evaporator coils and uses the reversing valve to briefly reverse the heating process to melt the ice on the coils. When the ice has melted, the control turns off, and heat pump returns to its normal heating mode. You probably can already spot places where problems may occur:

  • The defrost control may misread the temperature, preventing the cycle from starting.
  • The reversing valve solenoid my malfunction, preventing the heat pump from reversing the heating.
  • The defrost control may misread when the ice has melted, meaning that the process will continue to run even when it’s no longer needed.

When you spot signs of a problem with your heat pump defrost cycle, you can contact the experts at AC Designs, Inc. to help. We operate in Jacksonville, heating repair is our specialty, and we understand the particular repair needs of all varieties of heat pumps. If yours is acting up, whether it’s the defrost cycle or some other issue, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. You’ll be glad that you did!