Any air conditioning system is going to be put under the most stress during the summer, when it’s being used the most. If you’re using a heat pump to keep cool this summer, the same rule applies. The increased wear and tear can eventually cause problems to crop up with the system, which can cause all kinds of damage. If you want to protect your heat pump from as much damage as possible this summer, read on to find out what problems you may have to deal with.
Frozen Evaporator Coil
A heat pump cools the home by evaporating refrigerant in a coil, which is stored in the indoor unit. The temperature around the coil is constantly dropping, as heat is absorbed from it to be released outside the home. Condensation also forms on the coil, as the air is cooled past the dew point. The constant flow of warm air from the ducts keeps the temperature around the coil from dropping below freezing. If the flow of air is cut off, however, the condensate will freeze and the coil will ice over. Frozen coils cannot absorb heat from the home, and can cause a complete system shutdown.
Air Handler Issues
The air handler is the part of the heat pump responsible for circulating air throughout your home. The most common issue to afflict the air handler is for the bearings inside it to wear out. This causes friction to build up on the air handler motor, causing a loud grinding sound. If the bearings are not replaced in time, the air handler motor will overheat and burn out. Call for repairs if you hear grinding coming from your heat pump; it’s far cheaper to replace the bearings than to replace the whole motor.
Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers heat pump repairs in Port Charlotte, FL.