Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Is a Heat Pump a Good Decision for You?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Heat pumps form an alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems, using the principles of air conditioning to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. We don’t see as many heat pumps here in Bay Village, OH, as we do boilers or forced-air furnaces. But heat pumps have come a long way in the past few years, and depending on your circumstances, a new one might be a great fit for your home. Here’s a rundown on how they work:

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Listen for These Repair Warning Sounds from a Heat Pump

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

If you own a heat pump, you most likely know that you have one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available on the market today. It may seem as though such a high-performance system will run into few problems over time, but in actuality, a heat pump can run into a number of difficulties that keep it from running as efficiently as it could. If you notice any of the following sounds from your heat pump, it may be time to call an expert for repairs.

  • Hissing: A hissing sound from a heat pump may indicate leaking refrigerant somewhere in the heat pump. This may be along the connections between the inside and outside components of your heat pump, at the compressor, or from the reversing valve.
  • Grinding: If your heat pump is making a grinding noise, it’s never a good sign. Grinding often indicates a problem with the motor, the component that operates both the compressor and the blower fans. It may be that there is debris caught in the motor, or you may need to have a professional replace the motor instead.
  • Buzzing: A buzzing noise may indicate an electrical problem, a repair which is never a job for an amateur. For your safety, be sure to only trust professionals with any electrical components.
  • Banging: A banging noise may indicate an issue with the compressor, one of the most important (and costly) parts of your unit. On the other hand, it could simply indicate a bent fan blade or that debris is caught somewhere in the system.

Any of these noises may occur in either heating or cooling mode. And even though the sound may seem like a minor annoyance to you, it can indicate a problem that will grow worse over time. As one component of your heat pump struggles, the other parts are likely to suffer as well since they’ll have to work overtime to keep up with the workload and could eventually fail.

The professionals at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning specialize in repairing heat pumps in Bay Village. Count on our team of experts for your next heating service. Give us a call today!

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How Does A Heat Pump Work?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Heat pump technology in Fairview Park makes a viable alternative to more traditional forms of air conditioning. Ohio winters can get very cold, but our summers can be equally bad with heat and humidity rising to very uncomfortable levels. A heat pump combines the functions of an air conditioner and a heater in one, making it easier to keep your home comfortable while using less energy to do so. But how does a heat pump work? Individual models vary, but the basics aren’t all that different from a traditional air conditioner.

At the heart of the system is a closed loop that cycles refrigerant gas in order to cool the air. It begins when the gas passes into a compressor, which heats it up while subjecting it to a great deal of pressure. The gas then enters a series of condenser coils, which bleed off the heat and release it into the outside air. The gas reverts to a liquid state, though it’s still under a great deal of pressure. From there, it moves to an evaporator valve, which releases a set amount of the liquid into the evaporator coils. There, it returns to a gaseous state, pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. A fan then blows the cooled air into your home through a series of ducts, cooling the household.

Heat pumps utilize this system to cool the air in the summer. Then they simply “reverse” it to warm the air in the winter. The heat released from the condenser coils goes into your home instead of the outside air, while the cool air from the evaporators is released outside your home. Heat pumps tend to be more efficient than traditional air conditioners, though they may need a supplemental heater during the coldest days of the year. That helps lower your monthly energy bills while offsetting the cost of installation.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, our technicians can answer the question “how does a heat pump work?” as well as installing and maintaining a new one for you. In Fairview Park, heat pump systems make a lot of sense. If you’re interested in adding one to your home, give us a call today.

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