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If you’ve been using your heat pump for longer than a couple weeks, you’re probably eminently familiar with the kinds of noises that it makes during operation. If the system starts to make strange noises while it’s running, it tends to indicate a problem with the system. Let’s take a look at some of the strange noises that your system might make, and what they mean.

Grinding

The heat pump air handler is the part responsible for circulating air throughout the house during operation. The air handler motor uses oiled bearings to help reduce the amount of friction put on the system while it’s running. These bearings wear down over time, causing the amount of friction on the motor to increase. This produces a loud grinding sound. If you hear this sound, call for repairs before the motor burns itself out.

Hissing

Hissing, bubbling, gurgling, and similar noises often indicate that there are air bubbles in your refrigerant line. That means that you have a leak somewhere in the system. A refrigerant leak will drain the system of the fluid that it needs to operate, causing the system output to slowly decline until it eventually breaks down completely. If you hear this happening, call a professional immediately.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is when your heat pump turns on and off every few minutes. This causes the amount of wear and tear on the heat pump to increase dramatically, which will in turn shorten its lifespan. If the problem isn’t dealt with as quickly as possible, it will destroy the entire system. Turn off your heat pump and call for repairs if you notice this symptom.

Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Port Charlotte, FL. If you need heat pump services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment.