Workings of Heat Pumps

There is certainly a lot of talk about energy efficiency. Whether it is the media or friends in a coffeehouse, there is always a discussion of some sort about how to get needed heat and cooling without having carbon emission damage the environment. Heat pumps are referred to all the time but aren’t always explained. Before any homeowner does a home improvement that includes a heat pump, it is a good idea to know how these HVAC appliances work.

Taking from the outside and Putting It inside

Heat pumps work in a very unique way. It may seem odd to take hot air out of the environment and put it indoors, but a heat pump will do that and use refrigerant to cool the air if that is needed in warmer months. What is great about heat pumps is that they do not require nearly as much energy as standard furnaces or air-conditioners. Because a heat pump uses electricity, the carbon emission and use of fossil fuel is a fraction of conventional HVAC equipment. Best of all, depending on the type of heat pump to be installed, there are certain tax incentives and rebates available. Heat pumps are not necessarily inexpensive, but they will provide savings on the utility bills for many years after installation.

The Right Type of Heat Pump

A standard heat pump works very well in mild climates but in those areas where winter weather consistently falls below freezing a backup heating system will be needed. Colder states would be best served by geothermal heat pumps, but homeowner has to remember that a lot depends on the size of the property lot and the condition of the soil. If the lot is too small or the soil is too rocky, the installation of the geothermal heat pump will cost a fair amount. Despite these caveats, it cannot be denied that heat pumps provide the right amount of heat and cooling air at a very reasonable price. Heat pumps also reduce the amount of carbon emission into the environment, and that is certainly a public good.

Preventative Maintenance on Heat Pumps

Installing a heat pump is a positive step in the direction towards energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Heat pumps operate with minimal carbon emissions, and have been known to decrease utility bills by double-digit percentages. This machinery does need to be checked for wear and potential problems. Preventive maintenance will keep heat pumps running smoothly.

The Aging of the Heat Pumps

The idea behind the maintenance is to keep the machinery running for an extended life. Heat pumps are a durable appliance and should be able to run effectively for decades. They can, if some routine inspections are done to see if everything is in good order. A good heat pump is going to provide both heating and cooling for the entire year, and that takes its toll. Some parts may be worn down to the point of breaking and have to replaced, while others just need some lubrication.

Common Maintenance on Heat Pumps

Not all of the maintenance work requires expert knowledge or sophisticated tools. Sometimes, it can be just a change of the filters or perhaps replacing a blown fuse. Air ducts can have problems such as leaking points or loose parts. These can easily be fixed. Other maintenance can depend on the noise. Grinding sounds could suggest problems with the motor, and this is not something that a homeowner should try to repair. The same is true if there is a possibility of a refrigerant leak. Both of these situations will require a trained technician to go in and fix things. That is much better than having an untrained person try to do maintenance cause an even greater problem.

A maintenance check up once or twice a year will add considerable time onto the lives of these energy-saving machines. A good heat pump can last up to 30 years if properly maintained. The energy savings and lower utility bills that he pumps provide over extended periods of time gives a real incentive to have at least an annual maintenance checkup on the machinery.

Heating in Gilbert Arizona

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Gilbert, Arizona

In Phoenix Arizona the winter’s are normally pretty mild sometimes getting below the freezing point. Well for the last four days we have hit those low temps. Temperatures being in the 20′s at night brrrrr  the 50′s is good with me . It’s kinda funny here in Gilbert air conditioning or heater season  when temps rise or  drop like they have every one turns their heating and cooling system on , some for the very first time of the season. Well its winter and some get a surprise , NO HEAT ! That is when every one gets on the phone calling their local heating and cooling company which hopefully is Air Care Cooling & Heating.

 

 

This is why Air Care always try’s to stress to get your air conditioning and heating check up before the extreme weather comes. We do this for two main reasons. The first reason being that it is a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to fix small and less expensive items on a check up than if you have a brake down and have to repair bigger more expensive parts. All of Air Care’s maintenance agreement customers can vouch for this practice. Just about every maintenance agreement customer I have ever talked to and asked how they like the maintenance plan, they all have commented that they enjoy the trouble free summer’s and winters. For the most part they are trouble free but remember we are talking about machines so anything can happen at any time. The second reason is that if every one, no lets say half of all the people in metropolitan phoenix area call for heating service at the same time it will take days if not weeks for all heating and cooling contractors as a whole to get everyone taken care of. What that will entail is some people having to wait to get there air fixed and sitting in a cold home.

 

 

So I guess the message we’re trying to get across is do your heating maintenance check up and don’t be left in the cold without heat or a poorly running heater. A heating maintenance check up will actually save you money not cost you money, although you do initially pay for you heater check up. A proper COMPLETE heating check up will unveil many underlying problems that rob energy and once corrected will be saving you a good chunk of money. Unless of course you enjoy giving away free money to SRP and APS power companies… nah I didn’t think so. Some of the most common issues are loosing heated air through loose or unsealed duct work. Restricted coil or air flow. Low or incorrect freon level. Those are some the most common there is about 25 or so different things we check.  If you need further detail please give us a call .You may check on our air conditioning & heating maintenance page for more details.