One of our customers recently told us that they made it all the way until the middle of November before they turned on their heat for the first time this season. They'd also been wearing their winter coats around the house, but that's another story for another day. However, when they did turn up the thermostat, their home was still cold. Sound familiar?
The holidays are meant to be warm and cozy, so if you're having issues heating your home, or you've noticed that the heat has been on all day, but your house is still cold and your utility bill has gone through the roof, then you might have a problem with your furnace or need a new heat pump. HVAC systems are complicated, so it's sometimes difficult to know what to do next. As such, today we'll discuss 5 warning signs that you will need a new heat pump in 2021.
Check these 3 Things FIRST Before Getting a New Heat Pump in 2021
It's very common for older homes to supplement their central heating system with a heat pump. However, if you've made that investment and you're still cold, it's time to investigate. Here are a few things you should check on before you call in the professionals or get a new heat pump in 2021.
Are your supply registers open?
This may seem like a no brainer. It's one of the first things we ask (and mention in our articles) our customers when we start troubleshooting a problem. It also makes us sound like an IT guy who asks if you've restarted your computer when you have a PC related issue. But, we really do find that if your air registers are closed, then you may not be getting the airflow you should be getting. Blame it on your toddler, the dog or your Christmas decorations, but if your supply registers are closed, then it's an easy problem to correct.
Is the area around your heat pump clean?
In an ideal world, your heat pump would always be clear of clutter and debris; but we know that life happens. If your stuff has been shifted around as a result of moving, decorating for the holidays, or whatever, it's time to clean up the area around your heat pump so you can restore airflow. It's one of the first things we would do anyway if we're called out to work on your heat pump, so you might as well get a head start.
Does your heat pump's filter need to be replaced?
Much like a lot of appliances around your home, your heat pump also has its own filter that needs to be replaced regularly. If you've never replaced your heat pump's filter, it's quite possible that this is the source of your problem.
5 Warning Signs You Need a New Heat Pump in 2021
All that said, if you're not sure how to check on any of these issues or you've checked the three items above and see no improvement, then give us a call and we can take a look. Furthermore, if while checking on the above you find any of the issues below, then it's time to call in an HVAC professional.
1. You're Hearing Strange Sounds from Your Heat Pump
No one should ever be hearing any noise from their heat pump, let alone strange sounds such as grinding. Any sort of grinding is usually an indication that the gears in the motor aren't lubricated enough and could be scraping against one another.
2. The Coils Are Frosted Over
Depending on the season, especially this time of year, some amount of frost is normal. However, frost can also indicate that your heat pump has a refrigerant leak or the coils are too dirty to properly absorb heat.
3. Your Heat Pump is Short Cycling
A heat pump should automatically turn off when your home reaches the temperature that you've set on your thermostat. However, if you're finding that your heat pump keeps turning on and off, but it never seems to reach the desired temperature, then you have a problem.
4. Your Heat Pump is actually COOLING Your Home
A heat pump is designed to heat and cool your home, so it's not necessarily a problem if your heat pump is cooling your home UNLESS you've set the thermostat to heat your home. If you find that your heat pump is cooling your home in the process of trying to heat it up, then you may have a reversing valve problem.
5. This isn't the first time you've had work done to your Heat Pump
Unlike larger HVAC systems, heat pumps aren't the kind of thing that should require annual service calls. If you've called an HVAC professional out more than once already to repair your heat pump, then it may be time to start thinking about a new heat pump in 2021.
If you're experiencing any of the above warning signs, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711. We'd be happy to come out and have a look at your heat pump to determine the problem and help you purchase a new heat pump in 2021.