Expert Heat Pump Services in DFW & Arlington
Heat Pump Installation, Repair, & Maintenance
As with all our heating and air services, Metro Express Service aims to exceed your expectations with heat pump service, installation, and repair. Heats pumps come in two varieties, including air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps, sometimes referred to as geothermal heat pumps. Both of these systems provide not only warmth during the winter, but also lowered indoor temperatures in the summer. At Metro Express Service, our technicians are skilled in the maintenance, repair, and installation of both of these heat pump types, and we will be more than delighted to serve you with constructive recommendations in the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth, TX area in order to find the system that’s right for your home or business.
What are Heat Pumps?
Heat pumps are devices that run off of electricity and extract heat from one area and then transfer that heat to another. It is not a relatively new technology, quite the opposite in fact; heat pumps were first described in theory in 1852 by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin. He was Scots-Irishman whom was a mathematical physicist and engineer at the University of Glasgow as well as an electric telegraph engineer and inventor. He was knighted by Queen Victoria for his work on the transatlantic telegraph project. The units of kelvin were named in his honour. However, it wouldn’t be until 1855 the first heat pump would be built by a Peter von Rittinger.
Heat pumps transfer heat by circulating refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. A compressor pumps the refrigerant through two heat exchanger oils. In the first heat exchanger coil with low pressure, the refrigerant will evaporate and absorb heat from its surroundings. The second coil at high pressure will condense the refrigerant so that it releases the heat.
Heat pumps are also fully reversible, meaning that they can do the opposite and extract cool air from its surroundings and release it. There are two main types of heat pumps and they are the more common air-source heat pump and then the ground-source heat pump. As the names imply, an air-source heat pump will absorb heat or expel heat from the surrounding air. The ground-source heat pump will extract heat or expel heat from the earth or a ground water-source.
The Differences Between a Heat Pump and Central Air
Both heat pumps and central air rely on the same principles with technology. However, how they accomplish it is done so with different methods. Central air conditioning utilizes a closed loop system that will circulate refrigerant in order to cool surrounding air. This is accomplished by the refrigerant traversing through a compressor valve that will apply heat and pressure where the refrigerant will then traverse to the compressor coil and release that heat into the outdoors. When this happens the refrigerant will be turned to a liquid state where it will traverse to an expansion valve and spread out into a series of evaporator coils. As the refrigerant evaporates, it draws heat from the surrounding air, cooling it. This conditioned air will then be distributed by a fan through a series of duct that exits into different indoor areas of a home or building.
When it comes to the heat pump, it relies on the same principles, however, with two primary differences. First, the closed loop system that is inside of a heat pump is established in such a way that it will distribute hot air throughout the indoor area of the home or building instead of the outdoors. This allows the heat pump to function as a heating system in the winter time and as an air conditioning system during the summer time. Heat pumps are much more efficient than traditional central air conditioning. However, a heat pump can struggle to keep up when the weather is extremely cold outside and a secondary source of heating may need to be installed in conjunction with a heat pump.
Another drawback with heat pumps is the upfront cost in having one installed. However, the efficiencies gained from a heat pump can help recoup the costs associated with purchasing and having one installed. By knowing the differences between a heat pump and central air, this will assist you in finding the perfect solution for your home. If you need assistance, Metro Express Service can help. Our dispatch offices are located in both Arlington and the Dallas – Fort Worth, TX area. If you need help in determining what system would be best for your home then do not hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our professional and certified technicians will be more than happy to help you find the perfect system for your home or business.
Protecting Your Heating System Investment
We also provide inspection services for residential and commercial heat pump units to assess any potential damage. We can also make heat pump repairs on the spot if a problem is found because our service trucks are stocked with a huge assortment of parts. Our team can also provide you with information about heat pump replacement, maintenance and installation if the situation calls for it. Of course, we’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need, but our HVAC technicians will provide you with helpful information so that you can make the best choice for your home or business and your budget.
Emergency Heat Pump Service Available
The pros at Metro Express Service are standing by 24 hours a day to assist you with repair and heat pump installation concerns in the Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, TX metropolitan area. Even in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend in the middle of winter, you can always rely on our experts to be here for you when you need us. We use the latest in HVAC equipment to identify trouble spots and accurately diagnose problem areas, and our licensed and insured technicians always treat your home or business with respect.