As the colder temperatures of winter approach, homeowners may find their heating source has problems or even may not cut on. Depending on the cause and age of the heating system, homeowners have the choice of repair or replacement. There are advantages of a new energy efficient heating system, including greater comfort and potentially lower energy bills. A heat pump may be your best option, as it provides you with both heating and cooling in a single system. Heat pumps offer you energy efficiency and reliability throughout the year. Metro Express Service in Fort Worth, TX recommends your heat pump to receive professional maintenance biannually for the best performance, energy efficiency and to provide the maximum possible lifespan. If you are in need of a new heat pump installation, our factory trained professionals can provide the installation you need.
Heat Pump Repair – Repairing Refrigerant Leaks
Your home’s compressor is the heart of any heat pump. This vital component circulates the refrigerant in the process of air conditioning. A reversing value alters the direction of the gas flow, creating air conditioning or heat. Unlike oil, refrigerant is never used up remaining inside the system unless a leak occurs. When refrigerant is low, the performance is adversely affected, energy efficiency falls and damage may occur t the heat pump. Possible signs of a refrigerant leak include blowing hot air in the air conditioning mode, or cool air in the heating mode. Other signs include ice on the coil, and shut down by the safety switch. The repair of a refrigerant leak requires an experienced HVAC technician recharging of the system with the correct type and amount of refrigerant.
In time, wear and tear will occur to the compressor. When you have routine maintenance and air filter changes as recommended it will greatly extend the life of the system. A worn compressor may be noisy during operation. When the compressor fails, you will have the option of replacing the compressor or installing a brand new heat pump. However, if the heat pump is still under warranty, the manufacturer will decide whether to replace the compressor, or provide a new heat pump for you.
- When the decision falls on you, the following information can assist you in the decision to repair or replace:
- Whenever you have a fairly new heat pump that is out of warranty and you have purchased routine maintenance, replacement of the compressor is the commonly recommended action for homeowners. When you have an older unit, whether or not you have received the recommended maintenance on that older unit is the next factor to consider. On the other hand, if you are unsure of the status of maintenance, or if you have neglected having maintenance performed? Replacement of the unit may be the logical choice, especially if your system is ten years old or older. It should be understood that replacing the compressor in older heat pumps may result in damage to age related thinning of the coils and refrigerant leaks.
- When your heat pump is 10 years old or older, cost is often the main consideration for replacement or repair. Typically, your cost of repair is at least 33% of the replacement cost, replacement is the standard recommendation. Today’s heat pumps offer higher performance for, energy efficiency, and benefits than older models did when new.
Replacing the Reversing Valve
The reversing valve enables a change of the direction the refrigerant flows. This feature enables the heat pump system to provide both heating or air conditioning with the flip of a switch. Replacement of the valve will require an experienced technician.
Circuit breakers that trip are a common cause of the failure to run. f a circuit is overloaded due to a power surge, for example, the breaker will trip. However, if if the problem continues to occur a more serious cause is likely the issue. Give us a call, our professional technicians will be glad to help.
Once your central heating system achieves age and wear temperature regulation and humidity control suffer. The unit runs longer than it used to, comfort is diminished and energy bills will increase. Most experts agree that homeowners who want to maintain the comfort in their home and save money should replace a worn heat pump or other heating sources.
By providing both heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, the heat pump experiences twice the use of a separate central AC and furnace system. Maintenance spring and summer is recommended for peak efficiency, performance and longevity of the heat pump. You should make sure to have your heat pump receive professional maintenance every 6 months. When you do, you can ensure you continue to receive the benefits you chose it for.
Metro Express Service is a leading local heating and air conditioning company offering factory trained professionals. We offer a variety of residential and commercial HVAC services in and around Dallas for your year round comfort. Our services include heating system and AC tune-ups, service, repairs, replacement, installation and more. We offer emergency repair services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for your immediate needs. When you call, we will be glad to answer your questions, and schedule service at your earliest convenience. You can rely on us for exceptional service. In addition, we are a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, reflecting our goal of excellence. Contact us at Metro Express Service in Dallas today to schedule the reliable heat pump or other HVAC services you need.