What is a heat pump?

Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.

How does a heat pump work?

In order to know how a heat pump actually works you will need to imagine a heat transporter moving warm air from one place to another. Even if it is cold outside, which is rare for Central Florida it can extract the heat energy that is present. Hence, why it is called the heat pump. And in the blistering Florida heat, it reverses that function and becomes an AC removing heat from your home.

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Heat pump not working?

A good way to tell if your heat pump needs to be serviced is if it develops frost or ice on the outdoor coils. This should not occur. If there is a build up of this ice the heat pump shifts temporarily into cooling mode and reverses the flow of refrigerant. Thus moving the hot refrigerant through the coils to defrost the system. However, if you are having issues with this you need to call an AC professional in Central Florida.

If you do not repair these issues, the unit will undergo serious damages and will eventually breakdown permanently. Things to look out for are:

  • Low refrigerant levels
  • Defrost not working
  • Bad thermostats or sensors
  • Reverse valve is sticking
  • Damaged fan motors
  • Elevation or leveling issues

Troubleshooting tips:

If your heat pump is completely covered in frost or ice, shut the system off and call GAP Mechanical for help. A few tips for what you can do before it gets this bad:

  • Check the filter to make sure its not damaged, replaced dirty filters
  • Check indoor air vents and make sure it is clear of obstruction
  • Clean accumulations of debris like grass and leaves blocking the outdoor coil
  • Make sure gutters are not dripping on the unit

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Advantages of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps come with a number of advantages aside from energy efficiency. They also come with benefits like:

  • The ability to heat your home faster.
  • Wi-Fi capability which allows you to control it from any smart device.
  • The ability to be set with a seven-day program.
  • Better energy efficiency to keep your utility costs down.

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