We all love being warm on those cold winter nights. It makes being home that much more comfortable. However, when you have a heat pump that might be on its last legs, its anything but fun. This is why it’s a good idea to start to learn some of the signs that your heat pump will start to exhibit when it’s about to retire.
Freezes & Trips the Breaker
Generally speaking, when your heat pump freezes or trips the breaker, there are problems with the airflow around the sensor. Call a service technician and describe what’s going on with your heat pump so that he or she can make any adjustments needed.
When your bearings have become old and worn they make a lot of noise. If you turn your heat pump on and hear nothing but squeaking, the bearings are on their last legs. Turn off your heat pump and don’t run it until after a technician replaces the bearings. The service tech will not have to use physical vapor deposition to correct broken and worn bearings. He or she will simply replace them. Your heat pump should run silently, without making a lot of noise. Noise is a clear indication that there is something wrong.
It Doesn’t Run
If you turn your heat pump on and it doesn’t run, more than likely there’s a problem with the thermostat. For some reason, it’s failing to read the temperature. This could be a serious problem or a minor one. However, don’t self-diagnose. Get a service tech out to look at it. A service tech understands the inner workings of your system and can find what the problem is.
Once you are able to recognize the signs of a sick heat pump, it will be much easier to have it serviced before it actually breaks. Look for the signs and have it serviced before it breaks and leaves you without heat on a cold winter night. You’ll be thankful that you paid attention to the signs and had it serviced before anything happened. Remember, your heat pump is designed to keep you warm regardless of how cold it is outside. Take care of it and it will take care of you.