When you go to bed at night, you expect your heat pump to keep the house warm all night long. So what happens when you wake up and it seems the heat pump is working hard and just can’t seem to keep up? We’ll give you some possible reasons why this may be a problem. Calling your HVAC company in Northern Kentucky to troubleshoot and fix the problem is normally necessary.
What Is A Heat Pump and How Does It Work
A heat pump is equipment that moves heat from one location to another location using mechanical means. There are two common types of heat pumps: air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps (geothermal). They each keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The difference is where they pull the air from. An air-source heat pump uses air from the outside in the winter and from the inside in the summer. A geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the indoors in the summer but when it’s cold outside it uses air from the ground.
A heat pump uses a refrigeration system with a compressor and two coils made from copper tubing surrounded by aluminum fins. The coils look similar to your car radiator. Like in your refrigerator, refrigerant flows continuously through pipes, back and forth from the outdoor coils. They will transfer the air into gas and back again and they can change the direction of the flow for cooling or defrosting the outside coils.
Air-Source heat pumps work well in milder climates where they can generate 3 ½ times more heat energy than the electrical energy they consume. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat instead of converting fuel.
Ground-source heat pumps are energy efficient central heating or air conditioning systems that pumps heat to and from the ground. Because the ground is an even temperature most of the year, you can expect to save money using this source.
Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Working Right
As you can see, there are many potential places for your heat pump to begin malfunctioning. The most common problem is a dirty air filter. If changing the filter doesn’t help, there could be other causes. Most heat pumps have an emergency or back up heating system that operates automatically on the coldest days of the year. You may find your heat pump running fine but not keeping you warm enough on cold days and nights. When this happens you could have a problem with the thermostat, the heat pump, condenser, refrigerant, your backup electric heater or the wiring somewhere in between.
Winter Heat Pump Repairs in Northern Kentucky
When you notice your heating or cooling system just isn’t doing the job right, you can call the professionals at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. They will be happy to fix the problem and make sure your comfortable all year long. Call Greater Comfort today for fast, professional service you can depend on.