Heat pumps are known for efficiently heating and cooling homes in moderate climates like that of Plano, TX. Because heat pumps work year-round, you may notice issues with temperature control at any time. If yours is struggling to maintain a consistent indoor temperature, there are a few things you can do before calling for a repair.
Clogged filters hinder airflow to your living spaces. This can create hot and cold spots. It also leads to damage of heat pump components and a shorter system lifespan. Energy Star recommends inspecting and cleaning or replacing the air filter once a month.
Obstructed Condensate Drain
Heat pumps have a condensate drain that empties the condensed moisture removed from your home’s air during a cooling or defrost cycle. A clog in the drain reduces the system’s effectiveness, and it could even lead to an automatic shutdown if the water backs up far enough. Check and clean the condensate line monthly during the warm months of the year. Our technicians also do this as part of our quality HVAC services.
Your heat pump has two sets of coils. One is in the indoor unit, and the other is in the outdoor unit. Dust, sand, dirt, pest droppings, pollen, debris, and other matter can get stuck on the coils. The buildup reduces the system’s efficiency at transferring heat. A semi-annual tune-up includes cleaning of the coils.
Low Refrigerant Charge
A chemical refrigerant passes through the heat pump’s coils in order to absorb and release heat energy. A refrigerant leak could reduce the system’s ability to absorb heat from the outdoors in the winter or the indoors in the summer. This will lead to irregular and poor temperature and humidity control. Refrigerant leaks require professional repairs.
To learn more about why your heat pump may be struggling to provide consistent comfort, take a look at All Service Heating & Air’s quality HVAC services, or get in touch with us today.