3 Main Signs Of A Failing Heat Pump

3 Main Signs Of A Failing Heat Pump

Any unusual activity coming from your HVAC system means there’s likely a problem with your heat pump. In order to maintain your home’s efficient heat pump installation, you should identify the issue and address it as soon as possible. The best way to do this is with the assistance of an expert heating and cooling specialist.

Argent Heating & Cooling is among the longest-running HVAC service companies in the Washington DC area. Our team of highly-trained and experienced technicians are able to provide fast and proficient repairs, maintenance, installation services and indoor air evaluations.

Here are 3 major signs your heat pump is undergoing a system failure:

  1. Odd Smells and Noises

Among the initial signs, you may notice is when you start to smell strange scents or hear unusual noises coming from your ventilation system. Specifically, you should notice these signs while heated air is flowing through your home.

Noises like rattling, flapping, or screeching may indicate that there is a dysfunctional component, like a loose fan belt or a poorly-lubricated central air fan motor.

As for smells, it’s important to identify the specific scents coming from your ventilation system.

If the smell is musty, it’s likely that mold has formed somewhere within the vents. If the smell is rotten, then a small animal may have climbed in and died within your ventilation system.

Aside from those, the most worrying scent to pick up is something like burnt metal, which indicates that there is an electrical issue in your system, and if it is within your heat pump, that can spell a potential fire hazard.

  1. High Energy Bills

Another early sign of your heat pump failing is when you find your electricity bills getting higher and higher every month, particularly during the cold season. Aside from being incredibly frustrating, it could indicate that your heat pump is failing, as it draws more and more power from your home in order to heat your home at the same temperature.

Your heat pump may be failing for a number of reasons. One reason may be that your heat pump may have a worn out air filter that you simply need to replace. It may be low on refrigerant due to a leak, a specific part of the heat pump needs repair, or the entire system wasn’t properly installed.

If your energy bills, and other signs, point to these bigger issues, it is important that you contact a professional to evaluate your heat pump and identify the specific issue.

  1. Little To No Heat

The biggest sign that your heat pump is failing is when your air is room temperature or even colder than expected. If it is still warm, but at a slightly warmer temperature than you set, it may be an issue with your thermostat’s calibration or wiring. All this requires is a bit of work done by a local HVAC professional.

However, if it’s a problem with your heat pump, then it is likely an electrical issue, either with a faulty electronic control board or PCB assembly. It could also be a problem with the thermistor, a component of the heat pump that indicates when its compressor should turn on or off.

If it comes down to being an electrical issue, then the best way to address it is by contacting an HVAC expert who will be able to quickly repair the necessary components.

Argent Heating & Cooling: Reliable Heat Pump Installation in Washington DC Area

Keeping an eye out for each of these signs will ensure your heat pump and HVAC system gets the repairs or maintenance it needs sooner rather than later. Once you find them present in your home, the next thing you should do is to call a dependable HVAC service like Argent Heating & Cooling. Our expert technicians can help provide you with affordable heat pump installation and repair services, as well as indoor air quality evaluations and more. Our decades of experience and premium line of HVAC products have made us among the top heating and cooling service providers in the Washington DC area.

Contact us today at (703) 281-6300 for more information and get a free quote on a heat pump installation.