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Heat Pump Problems? Prompt Repair Is Critical!

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Your heat pump is a fantastic feat of engineering. It heats! It cools! It saves you energy! But, of course, even technological marvels encounter a problem now and then. And if your heat pump is struggling, you need to sort that out right away.

Why is it so important to repair your heat pump as promptly as possible? What could happen if you delay heat pump repairs? We’ll explain it all.

Poor Performance

It may be that the issue you’ve already noticed is poor performance: your heat pump simply is not cooling or heating your home the way you expect it to. But it may be that you’ve noticed something else, like a strange new sound, an unpleasant odor, or the cycles happening more and more rapidly. 

The thing to keep in mind is that any problem will ultimately result in poor heat pump performance. If you don’t have minor issues repaired right away, you’ll end up less and less comfortable as the heat pump struggles—until you get heat pump repair in Slidell, LA.

Increasing Energy Bills

One of the best things about your heat pump is that it’s energy-efficient. Your cooling bills are reasonable, and your heating bills have never been so low! But heat pumps that are trying to keep running despite having an issue that needs repair … well, they’re not so efficient. They’ll keep using more electricity as they keep trying to do their job under worse circumstances. Don’t pay for electricity you don’t need! Get repairs.

Worsening Problems

Let’s imagine a heat pump problem. Perhaps it seems very minor. There’s an odd odor, something sour, almost like vinegar. You decide it’s not worth worrying too much about. But that odor is bacteria growing in your condensate pan, where the moisture from condensation on the evaporator coils is caught. Not very nice, is it? But how can it cause worse problems?

If that bacteria keeps growing, it will clog the drain that allows the moisture to flow out of the pan and away from your home. If the safety mechanism is triggered, the heat pump will shut down to prevent the pan from overflowing. Now your heat pump simply won’t work at all. If the safety mechanism is not triggered, the pan will overflow, resulting in water damage to the heat pump and surrounding wall and floor.

Many other problems will similarly worsen if not repaired. A small rattling noise? That loose screw just needs to be tightened, but if it flies free in the unit, it will hit something else and damage it. Ice on the coils? Probably a refrigerant leak. Unrepaired, it will keep leaking, until the refrigerant level is so low that the compressor will burn out. 

Don’t take these risks! If you have these or any other concerns about your heat pump, get the help you need before things get worse. Gowland’s has professional, knowledgeable technicians available for 24 hour emergency service. If you need us after hours or on holidays, feel free to call.

When you need heat pump repair, contact Gowland’s Heating & A/C today! Relationship over revenue!

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