We are getting ready to switch from cooling mode to heating mode as we head into fall weather here in Pepperell, MA. If you noticed toward the end of the summer that your heat pump wasn’t performing as well as it should be, it may be time to call for repair. It is normal for your heat pump to show signs of wear and tear considering the amount of work it has done over the last several months in keeping your home cool. Heat pump repair in Pepperell can be complex, which is why it should always be handled by trained and certified professionals, like the ones at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.
Common Heat Pump Repairs
Here are some of the more common heat pump repairs our technicians see:
Problems with the Reversing Valve
The reversing valve is the component of your heat pump that allows you to switch from cooling mode to heating mode. One of the most common problems that develops with the reversing valve is that it gets stuck in a position and doesn’t allow the heat pump to work. The valve can become stuck in a specific mode (heating or cooling) as well as in between modes. Sometimes the valve can be repaired when it becomes stuck, but many times it needs to be replaced.
Refrigerant leaks can develop within the heat pump, and will require the help of a professional for repair. Refrigerant must be handled by a person certified to do so, and leaks can be difficult to detect without the proper training. Refrigerant leaks do not improve over time, so it’s advisable to call for help as soon as you suspect a refrigerant leak.
Condensate Drain Clog
Heat pumps have condensate drains that remove the excess moisture from your home to the outside. This drain can become clogged with debris, mold, mildew, algae and other growths that thrive in moist, cool settings. Clogs need to be removed or the drain can back up and cause serious water damage.
Heat pumps can be great devices for your home, and because they work year-round, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing issues with your heat pump, contact the trained professionals that you can always count on: Basnett Plumbing & Heating.