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Noises You Need to be Aware

Heat Pump Noises You Need to be Aware of

Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am

If you're using a heat pump to keep cool this summer, you're going to want to keep an eye out for any problems that might crop up. Time is of the essence when it comes to getting heat pump issues repaired, as the longer they are allowed to develop the more damage they will do. One of the easiest ways to tell if your heat pump is experiencing issues is to notice strange noises during operation. Let's take a look at some of the common heat pump noises you need to be aware of.

Grinding

The part of the heat pump that is responsible for circulating air throughout the home during operation is called the air handler. Circulating that much air puts a lot of friction on the air handler, so to compensate it is equipped with a series of oiled bearings. These bearings wear down over time, causing the friction on the air handler to increase. This produces a loud grinding sound. If you hear this sound, call for repairs as soon as possible. Otherwise, the friction on the system will increase until the air handler motor burns itself out.

Bubbling/Hissing

If you hear bubbling or hissing noises coming from the heat pump. You probably have air bubbles in your refrigerant line. The heat pump, like a great many climate control systems, relies on refrigerant to move heat from one place to the other. A refrigerant leak will drain the system of refrigerant, causing a steady decline in efficiency until the system breaks down entirely. Call a professional as soon as you hear bubbling coming from your heat pump, or you may have to pay for quite a bit more in repairs later on.

American Heating & Cooling offers a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Paintsville, KY.

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