Heat pumps are quite popular among homeowners for their ability to act as both heating and cooling systems. If you have a heat pump, chances are you’re going to be using it right through the end of the summer and into the winter. Before that time arrives, though, there are a few things you need to keep an eye out for. Normal air conditioners get a break once the summer is over, but heat pumps are used on a regular basis for most of the year. That increased stress makes it more likely for problems to form in the system. The sooner you can recognize when these problems appear, the sooner you can get them repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some of those symptoms now.
Ice on the Coil
If the coil on the inside unit of your heat pump is icing over, it’s a sign that there’s a serious problem. Typically, this is caused by a lack of air flow to the coil or a low refrigerant level in the coil itself. If the problem is not corrected, the ice can warp the coil and spread to other systems.
Short cycling is a behavior characterized by your heat pump turning itself on and off every couple of minutes. There are a number of different causes for this, but the important thing to note are the consequences. A short cycling system is put under a lot more stress than it is designed to handle, and if it isn’t fixed it has a much higher chance of breaking down.
If your heat pump is acting strangely, call Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We provide a full range of heat pump services throughout Port Charlotte, FL.