If your Dallas heat pump isn’t operating correctly, there are a handful of issues that might be occurring. But, where do you begin and how do you fix these defects efficiently and inexpensively? Here are a few tips for typical heat pump errors.
Inefficient Air Flow
Your heat pump is designed to provide constant air flow to the whole house. When it was originally installed, the technician arranged it to do so. If it suddenly stops allowing enough air flow to your entire house or if the air flow it provides isn’t as comfortable as you’re used to, something is probably wrong.
More specifically, there is likely an issue with the heat pump itself since the device will compensate for most external problems by running longer and harder. A quick inspection will often rule out serious problems, so you should have someone inspect your device as soon as you notice a problem.
Defective Air Duct
If there is an external problem, such as leaky ductwork, it tends not to be noticeable immediately. Often, when ducts are leaking, air flow problems will occur only in certain rooms of your home. Even then, the heat pump might be able to maintain the right temperature in those rooms – you’ll just have a higher energy bill because of the energy loss in the ductwork.
The best way to determine what is happening and how best to tackle the problem is to have someone test your ductwork for leaks, a relatively quick process.
Increased Energy Bill
If your energy bill suddenly increases dramatically, it is usually due to energy loss somewhere in the transfer between the heat pump and the rooms of your home. Leaky ducts can be the culprit, but so too can the air handler or the heat pump itself. If you notice a sudden increase in your energy bill, look for other symptoms like uneven heating or cooling in certain parts of your home or noises coming from the ductwork or your air handler.
Regardless of what other symptoms accompany the increase, you most likely need repairs. Your home may currently be comfortable, but the heat pump can only make up for the problem for so long and in the interim, it is being put under excessive stress that reduces its lifespan.