Fall is the time that homeowners give their heating system a close look and prepare them for the cold winter to come. Regular fall heating maintenance can spot serious problems in any type of heater so that repairs can be scheduled to take care of it before the weather gets much colder. That should apply to more than common furnaces and boilers, which most homes use in the area. Heat pumps and dual fuel heating systems need the same type of consideration and care for homes that have them.
What Is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps combine the features of a heater and an air conditioner by presenting a twist on traditional principles of air conditioning. Ordinary air conditioners circulate refrigerant through a series of valves and coils: first releasing heated air outside the home, then cooling the air inside the system which can then be blown into the home through a fan. Heat pumps simply allow homeowners to reverse that process: releasing hot air inside the home and cooling the air outside the home. By using refrigerant–which does not get consumed–as the source of the heat instead of gas or other fuels, heat pumps save a great deal of money on heating bills.
Heat pumps can struggle on the coldest days, though manufacturers have made great advances in recent years on that front. Many are used in conjunction with smaller furnaces–or dual fuel systems–which allow the heater to make up the difference on the coldest days while still enjoying the lower costs that a stand-alone heat pump can bring.
Trained Experts Are Still Needed
Whether it’s a stand-alone heat pump or a dual system, the heater still needs to be checked out and repaired if problems are detected. That starts with the homeowner, who should schedule maintenance on the system if it’s been more than twelve months since anyone looked at it. Homeowners should also call for a repair if anything odd appears in the system while it’s running, including:
- Low air flow coming out of the vents.
- Reduced heating levels of the air moving through the home.
- Strange noises of any kind: anything that doesn’t fit the system’s normal sounds while running. (In most cases, the strange sounds will start and stop with the starting at the stopping of the heater.)
- Higher bills than expected.
- Short cycling, which entails the system turning off and on again multiple times throughout the day.
When these problems are spotted, the homeowner needs to turn off the system immediately and call in a repair service. With heat pumps, hybrid systems, and dual fuel systems, that means finding a repair technician with specific experience in those types of heaters. They are fundamentally different than traditional furnaces and boiler systems and require a different set of skills to diagnose and correct any problems that may appear.
For quality heat pump and hybrid heating repair calls in the Purchase, NY area, call on the friendly pros at Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators today!