December 3, 2013

A lot of people don’t understand exactly what a heat pump is or works but have heard that it’s something like a reverse air conditioner. It actually functions as both a heater and an air conditioner. So when a heat pump quits, it has the potential to make a homeowner twice as miserable. Though Las Vegas might not become dangerously cold very often, a room that’s cooler than the homeowner likes is still uncomfortable.

The first thing the homeowner should do if the heat pump stops working is what one does when any appliance stops working. First things first, check the fuse or the circuit breaker. If a fuse is blown, it can easily be replaced. If the heat pump doesn’t heat a home up or cool it down as well as it should, this might mean that the filter is dirty. the filter should be cleaned both inside and outside the heat exchanger coils. The unit might also be low or leaking refrigerant. Without a doubt, the homeowner should make sure that nothing like shrubs, piles of leaves or anything is blocking the heat pump’s airflow. If the heat pump still doesn’t work or doesn’t work well, it’s time to call a professional HVAC contractor like The Cooling Company.

Calling in a professional is important, especially if the unit is leaking refrigerant. A heat pump is a closed system and theoretically, it really shouldn’t be leaking refrigerant. If it is, only a professional is legally allowed to recharge it. A professional might also determine they need to repair the compressor, the bypass or expansion valves or the reversing valve. As the general rule of thumb with any repair, it’s always best to deal with problems with a heat pump when they’re still small. As with a traditional furnace, a small problem that’s allowed to grow into a big one can eventually cost the homeowner a great deal of money.

The technicians at The Cooling Company are all fully licensed, bonded and insured with years of experience at fixing heat pumps and other aspects of our customers’ HVAC systems in the Las Vegas area. Their skill and knowledge are such that the manufacturers of HVAC equipment are pleased to learn from them and improve their product.

Any home or business owner in the Las Vegas area who thinks their heat pump needs maintenance or repair shouldn’t hesitate to call on the heating and cooling professionals at The Cooling Company at (702) 567-0707.

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