A heat pump provides both heating and air conditioning for year round comfort in your home. This dual job from a single system is the reason biannual maintenance is recommended for the heat pump. Routine maintenance will ensure your home’s heat pump performs optimally with the highest energy efficiency and long term reliability. Unfortunately, as with all things mechanical, you will eventually require a replacement. When the time for a new heat pump comes, contact Minuteman Heating & AC for replacement heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX. Our NATE certified technicians ensure you receive a quality installation that meets and/or exceeds the industry standards.
When to Replace or Repair
Unusual noise does not necessarily mean you need a new heat pump. Noise may be due to a fan motor in need of oil, or replacement. Loose components can cause clanking and vibrating sounds. An additional complaint is a clicking noise, which may indicate a capacitor is going out. Noise that may indicate a failing compressor is whining, grinding or humming. A Minuteman HVAC technician can determine the cause of unusual noise, and will provide you with a professional recommendation whether for repair, or if a new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX should be considered.
Ice Accumulation on the Coils
Ice or ‘frost’ on the coil indicates one of three potential problems. A common cause is a refrigerant leak, requiring a certified HVAC technician to provide repair of the leak, potential evacuation of the system to remove air if present, and recharging the system to the proper level of refrigerant. Simply adding refrigerant will not stop the leak or remove air, and the proper amount is required.
The second potential cause is a dirty coil. Routinely changing the air filter helps to prevent a dirty coil, but eventually it will require a professional coil cleaning.
Finally, check the air filter. A dirty air filter will clog and as the system starves for air, ice can accumulate on the coil. In addition, a clogged air filter can lead to damage of the compressor and potentially to the need for a new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX. Change or clean the filter monthly to avoid dirty coils and potential damage to the compressor. Once the compressor is damaged it will require either replacement, or a new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX.
- Reversing Valve Failure
- The reversing valve is the component which changes the direction refrigerant flows. This valve is responsible for the ability to change the heat pump between heating and air conditioning. The failure of the reversing valve results in heat pump being stuck in either the heating or air conditioning mode. A Minuteman Heating & AC technician can provide the heat pump repair you need.
- Poor Temperature Control
- Eventually, any HVAC system will lose efficiency and performance, especially if it does not receive routine maintenance. This can result in your discomfort, and higher energy bills. The compressor is the component responsible for pumping the refrigerant through the system and the process of heat exchange. While a heat pump can last for many years, potentially even 20 years or longer, the compressor becomes worn and weakens. Once the system requires a growing number of repairs, a climbing electric bill and can no longer maintain your comfort, it is time to schedule heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX.
- Repair or Replace
Once a compressor has failed, you can either replace it or replace the heat pump. However, you need to consider the potential results before you decide. First, if the system is still under warranty, the manufacture will make the decision of replacing the compressor or the system. It is only when the system is out of warranty that you will need to make a decision. Consideration of the following is essential in your choice.
- The age and whether or not routine maintenance has been consistently provided is the first consideration. If the warranty has recently expired, the ability to replace the compressor is feasible. On the other hand, when the system is 10 years old or older, replacement with a new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX is the logical choice. In addition replacing a compressor on a worn system can cause other components to fail in. With a new heating and air conditioning system, you will receive greater reliability, and improved energy efficiency.
- Your budget is the next consideration. However, as a general rule of thumb, when the cost of repair is a third or more of the cost of a new system, consider going with a new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX. In addition, if the budget allows, select an energy star approved system for the highest reliability and efficiency.
As previously stated, the heat pump provides heating in the winter, and air conditioning in the summer. Due to this, it works twice as hard as other systems. This is why biannual maintenance is essential for maintaining its performance, efficiency and the longest possible lifespan.
Minuteman Heating & AC offers a broad range of HVAC services, including heat pump repair and new heating and air conditioner installation in Arlington, TX. Our NATE certified technicians offer quality service you can rely on, meeting and/or exceeding the industry standards. Minuteman Heating & AC is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.