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Heat Pump Operations
Summer Cooling & Winter Heating in one Package
Heat pumps are electrical devices that absorb heat from one place and transfer it to another. They use a compressor to pump refrigerant from one heat exchanger coil to another.
Depending on whether you need heating or cooling, one of the coils evaporates refrigerant at a low pressure/temperature and, in turn, absorbs heat from the surrounding airflow.
If you need air conditioning, your indoor coil absorbs heat and discharges it outside. If you need heating, your outdoor coil absorbs heat and discharges it inside.
Are Heat Pumps Efficient?
Do you really save money with a heat pump?
When it comes to energy consumption, heat pumps are efficient because they use electricity to power the compressor, which uses refrigerant to generate the heat transfer
Whereas more traditional heating systems use a combination of carbon-based products and electricity to generate the same heat transfer.
Keep in mind that they are only considered more efficient when you look at your local outdoor ambient temperature and your local electricity costs.
Heat Pump Repairs
Do you have a heat pump emergency?
You could be having several issues with your heat pump. To determine if you need to call a heat pump repair technician, you should ensure that your heat pump is having one of the following problems:
The heat pump won’t turn on, the heat pump is producing off-temperature air, the breaker keeps tripping, clogged air filter, the heat pump blower doesn’t seem to run, the heat pump is making an abnormal noise, or the system is cycling too short or too long.
If you have one of these problems, call Phyxter Home Services for highly rated Heat Pump repairs.
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HEAT PUMP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is heat pump maintenance important?
Heat pumps are designed for heating and cooling, so naturally, they will run year-round. When mechanical equipment runs this much it’s important to ensure that proper operations by keeping the coils clean and the electrical connections tight. Perform spring and fall maintenance on your heat pump system will not only increase the life of the equipment but will also decrease your energy bills by improving the system’s energy efficiency.
Should my heat pump have frost on it?
Heat pumps are designed for heating and cooling, so naturally, they will run year-round. When mechanical equipment runs this much, it’s important to ensure that it operates properly by keeping the coils clean and the electrical connections tight. Perform spring and fall maintenance on your heat pump system will not only increase the life of the equipment but it will also decrease your energy bills by improving the system’s efficiency.
Why is my heat pump not working right?
Heat pumps need to be specifically sized for each home according to industry calculations. If you have a heat pump installed that is the wrong size, your system may never be able to heat or cool your home effectively. If the unit is oversized, the system will burst heating or cooling into your home, causing drafts to trick the thermostat into believing the temperature setting is satisfied. If your heat pump is undersized, it won’t be able to generate enough heating or cooling for your space and will run continuously and still not get your home to the required temperature.
How can I defrost my heat pump?
When your heat pump freezes up, try running the fan. The blowing air will usually thaw the system in around an hour. If it’s freezing outside, try setting the fan to exhaust. This may not solve the problem, but it is a great start. When your highly-rated contractor shows up to fix the problem, they can get the job done significantly quicker…saving you money! Call us today to get connected to an experienced and trusted HVAC contractor.
What is a heat pump and how does it work?
Heat pumps are incredibly efficient for both heating and cooling. When the system runs in the heating mode, it absorbs heat from outside and transfers it to inside the home; when it runs in cooling mode, it absorbs heat from inside and moves it outdoors. Therefore, keeping the indoor and outdoor coils clean and maintained is extremely important for proper and efficient operations.
Do you really save money with a heat pump?
When it comes to energy savings, heat pumps do operate more efficiently and thus save money. Although, you do need to consider local climates and utility expenses. Because heat pumps only use electricity, they are very efficient, depending on your local electricity costs.
What is the difference between a heat pump and central air?
Air conditioning and heat pumps use the same major components; an evaporator and a condensing unit. There are two main differences between the two; the first is that the heat pump has a reversing valve that allows it to run in both heating and cooling modes, and the second is that the condenser when running in heating mode, may require a defrost cycle. Proper maintenance and service are essential to preserving the life of a heat pump, so make sure to contact a local licensed contractor every year to perform maintenance.
What are the disadvantages of a heat pump?
The main disadvantage of a heat pump is that they supply lower heat than oil and gas heating systems, they can take quite some time to heat your home, potentially leaving your home cold in the mornings, and they can be considered more complex than traditional A/C systems.
At what temperature do heat pumps become ineffective?
Unfortunately, heat pumps are not efficient below 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, most people don’t know that with the help of supplemental heating systems, heat pumps can work even in the coldest temperatures.