As the winter months set in, you might notice that your heat pump’s performance isn’t up to par. While heat pumps are an efficient way to keep your home comfortable and might save money in the long run, they are not invincible to potential repairs. Here are the most common issues heat pumps have in the cooler months:
1. Ice Buildup on the Heat Pump
When ice builds up on the coil, it prevents the heat pump from absorbing heat from the air. As a result, your heat pump has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, leading to increased energy bills and premature wear and tear on the system. To prevent ice buildup, make sure that you keep the area around your heat pump clear of snow or debris. You should also remove any snow or ice that collects on the unit itself.
2. Running the Heat Pump in Defrost Mode
Another common issue heat pumps face during winter is running in defrost mode too often. When the outdoor temperature drops below freezing, the heat pump will automatically switch to defrost mode in order to melt any ice that has built up on the coil. If the heat pump runs in defrost mode for too long, it can overwork the system, leading to high energy bills.
3. Reduced Airflow
Reduced airflow is caused by many things, including dirty air filters, closed registers, and obstructed vents. To prevent reduced airflow, change your air filters regularly and leave vents unobstructed. Before winter hits is a great time to have your ductwork inspected by a professional to ensure there are no leaks or other issues.
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