family enjoying comfortable home

Heat Pump Repair in Midlothian

When it comes to heating and cooling systems, your heat pump works hard to keep your house comfy.

Unlike air conditioners, the outdoor unit on heat pumps doesn’t get the season off when the temperatures cool down in Midlothian. There’s no indoor furnace unit to take on the task.

Instead, your heat pump functions all year to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That constant effort can culminate in the need for repairs.

If that time does occur, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. is happy to help. We can service any heat pump—any model or brand. We work hard to make your home comfy again as soon as possible.

Customer satisfaction, efficiency and safety are our top interests. We’re happy to prove it when you trust us with your home comfort.

Origins of Heat Pump Damage

There are quite a few things that can cause problems for your heat pump. Here are some of the most well-known issues:

  • Absence of maintenance. Like you, your heat pump needs to be taken care of to remain in good shape. You have a yearly checkup. Your heat pump has seasonal maintenance. You should schedule an appointment with an HVAC expert twice a year to help your system stay on track. Without maintenance, you’re putting your system at risk for a breakdown.
  • Clogged filters. One of the least complicated ways to keep your heat pump on track is to periodically check and change your air filter. If you let it go, your system has to work harder to keep you comfortable. Operating overtime like that can lead to damage, and later, a repair.
  • Component failure. Your heat pump is made of a number of parts—both moving and stationary. They’re all important to heating and cooling your home efficiently. When one fails, it can make it challenging—or impossible—for your system to carry on without a repair.
  • Thermostat problems. Your thermostat is a sensitive instrument. Any trouble with it could make your house less comfortable.

Signals Your Heat Pump Needs to Be Fixed

Now that you have heard some of the usual causes of heat pump damage, it might be good to hear how those concerns make themselves known. Here are some common signs something is wrong with your heat pump:

  • Your outdoor unit is covered in ice. During the winter, it’s possible that your outdoor unit will have some ice buildup. When this happens, your unit should move into a defrost cycle and reverse the refrigerant to melt the ice. If your full unit is covered in ice and won’t defrost, you have an issue that needs professional help.
  • Your system is short cycling. By short cycling, we mean that your heat pump kicks on and stops before it’s had the opportunity to bring your home to your desired temperature. This is an indication that your heat pump is the wrong size for your home. And if it isn’t taken care of, it could wear your heat pump down.
  • Your energy bills are increasing. Your heat pump is one of the most efficient HVAC solutions available—especially if you keep up with it. If you’re doing everything you can to take care of it and are still noticing your energy costs increase, it’s time to call ina professional.
  • Your heat pump is getting noisy. Your heat pump isn’t going to be completely silent, but it also shouldn’t be terribly noisy. If you’re hearing new sounds from your unit—especially any that sound out of place—you may want to have a professional take a look.
  • Your heating or cooling seems weaker. Lower home comfort is likely the most obvious—and annoying—sign you may need a repair. If you’ve tried adjusting your setting and nothing seems to work, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can help.

Repair or Replace: How to Choose

When your heat pump stops working, it seems only natural to call for a repair. But sometimes, a repair isn’t worth it anymore. In those times, a replacement is a better option. Here are some factors that can help you see if a repair is a better option:

  • Your heat pump is younger than 10 years old. If your heat pump is still relatively young, a repair likely makes sense. It still has a lot of life left in it. However, if your heat pump is up there in years, a replacement might make more financial sense.
  • You haven’t repaired your heat pump a bunch of times. If a repair on your system is a relatively rare occurrence, you may want to go ahead with the repair. If you feel like you’ve been repairing your unit pretty often, it might be time to consider a replacement.
  • Your needed repair is small. If a technician can take care of your issue fast and the price is relatively low, a repair is most likely your best choice. But if your repair will take you for quite a bit—like replacing your heat pump’s compressor—it’s likely better to invest that money into a new heat pump that will serve you for a lot longer.

A Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. technician can walk you through all your choices and help you decide if repair or replacement makes more sense for your system. No matter what you need, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 804-372-0313 or make an appointment with us online.

*Required fields