Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

Why Does the Outside Heat Pump Fan Run When It’s In Heating Mode?

Monday, October 16th, 2023

If you have a heat pump system at home in Westlake, OH, you might have noticed something unusual about the unit and thought to yourself “should the outside fan run when the heat is on?” This can be a bit puzzling and may seem counterintuitive. Rest assured, there’s a logical explanation for this behavior. Here’s why the outside heat pump fan runs during heating mode and why it’s an important part of the system’s operation.

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Will a Heat Pump Raise My Electricity Bill?

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Yes. But there’s a lot more to the story than just a one-word answer, so we hope you’ll bear with us as we explain why a heat pump will raise your energy bill, and why that might not be as bad as you think!

Wintertime is tough for many households across the United States. We heavily depend on our heating systems, and depending on how cold it gets outdoors, those heating units can work tirelessly burning fuel or using electricity to warm our houses. It can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, especially with inflation and rising gas or electricity prices. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and many of our customers understand how important efficiency is.

Well, a heat pump installation in Avon, OH is an energy-efficient heating solution. But it still requires electrical energy to operate. This means that you might see an increase in your electricity costs, but there’s more to the equation than just that!

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The Benefits of Professional Heat Pump Installation

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Heat pumps are exceptional pieces of technology, but if you think you can install your heat pump on your own then you’re gravely mistaken. These units are complex and use lines of refrigerant and other components that need to be sized accordingly and installed with the steady hand of a professional. That’s why we’d like to talk more in detail about what kinds of benefits you can expect from heat pump installation that’s performed by a professional technician.

Professional heat pump installation isn’t just for peace of mind, it can also help you avoid expensive repairs down the road. In some bad cases, a poor amateur heat pump installation could lead to the need for a replacement in only a couple of years.

Let’s work on mitigating these problems and avoiding some of them altogether with professional installation services.

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Choosing the Right AC Unit for Your Home

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes, and in order to choose the right one, you’re going to have to do a little bit of research. From central air conditioners, to ductless mini splits, to even heat pumps, you’ve got a wide selection to choose from if you’re in the market. The only problem is, unless you’re familiar with the HVAC industry, you’re probably confused as to what the differences are between them.

You’re not the only one! Homeowners everywhere get confused when signing up for AC system installation in Westlake, particularly because air conditioners are so different these days. Different models have different functions, different SEER ratings, and cool homes using different technology.

So today we’re going to dive into the three main types of air conditioners we offer and talk about what separates them.

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Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Right for Your Home?

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Unfortunately, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. If you are looking for a straightforward answer, we’re sorry to disappoint you. That’s because HVAC in Westlake, OH isn’t clear-cut; our winters are cold and our summers are warm. Living in a climate like ours isn’t easy for heating or cooling because the temperatures can vary so greatly.

Since Ohio is right on that line between moderate and extreme cold during the winter, we’d like to take a second to talk about the heating options available and what they mean for you and your home. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you’re probably used to seeing both furnaces and heat pumps advertised in the Westlake area.

So, let’s break down each type of heater with some pros and cons, and make sure you’re informed when it comes to deciding the system that’s right for you.

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Consider the Benefits of a Heat Pump

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Avon, OH suffers from cold winters and hot summers, and with spring currently in full bloom, now is a good time to considering installing a new heating and air conditioning system in your home. Heat pumps used to be a casual consideration at best: a combined heater and air conditioner that sometimes struggled during the cold fronts in the winter. But recent advances have improved its versatility considerably, and today it has become a smart choice for homeowners looking to improve their HVAC system’s efficiency.

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3 Common Malfunctions in a Heat Pump

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Heat pumps used to be fairly uncommon here in Westlake, OH, since they didn’t work especially well in cold weather. Recent advances have changed all of that, however, and residents are discovering the benefits of a heater and an air conditioning system rolled into one unit. Heat pumps are reliable and dependable, but like any other system, they suffer from occasional malfunctions. A qualified technician can correct the issue quickly and properly, but it helps if you know what some of the more common ones are. Here’s a list of 3 you should look out for.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We have a fair number of heat pumps in Westlake, OH homes, which combine the function of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. They work by circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils, just like an air conditioner. The only difference is that the cycle can be “reversed,” which vents warm air inside your home and cool air outside. (The opposite of what most air conditioners do.) But what happens if that reversal won’t take place? What if your heat pump won’t switch over and keeps pumping out cool air instead of the warm air you need? You should call in a qualified repair technician the moment you do, but it pays to understand what some of the possible causes might be.

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Should My Heat Pump’s Outdoor Unit Run during Cold Weather?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A heat pump is both a cold weather and warm weather indoor comfort system. During cool temperatures, a heat pump draws ambient warmth from the outside air using refrigerant and then moves it indoors. During warm temperatures, it removes the heat in the air from the indoors and shifts it outdoors. If a heat pump is well-matched to a home and receives professional installation and regular maintenance, it should keep a house at the right temperature no matter the weather outside.

For excellent installation, repairs, and regular maintenance for a heat pump in Westlake, OH that will provide your family with comfort all through the year, always look to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

HVAC technicians sometimes receive calls from new heat pump owners regarding what seems like a malfunction: the outdoor cabinet running during cold weather. If a homeowner has only used a standard air conditioner before, this may seem like odd behavior from the system. After all, an air conditioner isn’t supposed to run during cold weather, and if the outdoor cabinet starts running, it means there is something wrong.

However, a heat pump’s outdoor unit is supposed to operate during cold weather. Although a heat pump resembles an air conditioner in many ways, it has the important difference of being able to change the direction it circulates refrigerant, which causes the indoor and outdoor coils to swap functions. During cold weather, the heat pump’s compressor (which is housed in the outdoor unit) will still run in order to place the refrigerant under high pressure and high heat. The fans in the outdoor unit must also run in order to draw the outside air across the coils where the refrigerant absorbs its heat through evaporation and then takes it indoors. You should expect to hear the components in the outdoor cabinet working whenever you switch your heat pump over to heating mode: if you don’t, then something is definitely wrong.

Nonetheless, you should stay vigilant when it comes to the sounds your heat pump makes while it operates. Always call for repair technicians when you hear clanging, banging, clicking, or hissing noises from either cabinet. And if the outside unit of your heat pump is running, but you aren’t receiving heat, you should also call for technicians right away to investigate the problem.

No matter what your concern is regarding your heat pump’s operation, you can trust to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to take care of it. When it comes to servicing a heat pump in Westlake, OH, we are the people to call.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Replacement for a Furnace?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

When it’s finally time to replace your old furnace, you may be curious about some alternative heating options for your home. Heat pumps, like furnaces, rely on ductwork to distribute warm air to the home. However, heat pumps have one key energy-saving difference; unlike furnaces, they don’t actually generate any heat. But will a heat pump be a good investment for your home, or should you stick with a furnace?

The answer, of course, depends on your home and your preferences. Sometimes, a heat pump is the best option for you, even if your neighbors may feel they are better off with a gas furnace. Both systems have their advantages and drawbacks. But if you’re looking into heat pumps as a heating option for the first time, you may be curious about some of their unique features. Let’s have a look:

  • High Efficiency: Heat pumps are very efficient systems because they don’t generate heat like furnaces do; they only move it from place to place. Heat pumps have their own rating system for heating efficiency, the HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor), and a technician can help you find a heat pump with a high HSPF that is also sized accurately for your home, for maximum performance and efficiency.
  • Heating and Cooling: Many people choose to install heat pumps because they are efficient for both heating and cooling. Heat pumps work using a refrigeration cycle just like other central air conditioners. Like traditional air conditioners, heat pumps use refrigerant move heat from the inside to the outdoors. The key difference is that heat pumps can also move heat from the outdoors to the inside in the cooling season.

However, these advantages may not make a difference for every home. If you are replacing a furnace, but your air conditioning system still works perfectly fine, you may not choose to replace both with a heat pump. And while heat pumps are an efficient source of heat, your technician may still recommend a supplementary heating source for extreme temperatures. Furthermore, the cost of operation varies from town to town. You’ll have to consider the cost of electricity versus the cost of gas in your area to decide if running a heat pump will save you enough money over time. However, some people may be more worried about environmental concerns than the cost of operation.

Every home will have different needs when it comes to choosing a new heating system. To talk to a professional technician about heat pump installation or replacement in Bay Village, call one of our friendly experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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