For Marion residents, the heat pump in their HVAC system is their way of managing the colder months here in Texas. When cared for and maintained, these units can reliably provide warm air to homeowners for years. But these devices aren’t without their problems. As Marion’s leading HVAC service provider, Legacy Services Air Conditioning and Heating has seen more than their fair share of problematic heat pumps. In today’s blog, we’ll outline some of these common issues, and give you insights as to what to do next.

Iced Over Units

Marion isn’t known for its snowy weather, but ice can sometimes be an issue. If your heat pump unit is iced over, it will restrict the amount of air it can draw into your home. When this happens, your heat pump has to work harder to produce less warm air, leading to undue wear and tear on the unit. If left unaddressed, your heat pump might actually start releasing cold air into your home. A surprise to be sure, and an unwelcome one at that. Fortunately, some heat pumps have a built-in defrost setting that can melt away the ice. However, if your heat pump doesn’t have a defrost setting, or if the defrost setting doesn’t work, don’t try to remove the ice by hand, especially if you’re trying to chip the ice away with a sharp implement. This could cause damage to the unit, leading to other problems. If your heat pump is thawing out, check the air filter and replace it. Look for any debris that might be preventing air from flowing regularly into the unit. Finally, if the heat pump just isn’t cooperating and is still iced over, call us to inspect and repair the unit.

Your Heat Pump Is Always Running

This heat pump issue isn’t isolated to just the unit itself. A constantly running heat pump is actually a symptom of a larger insulation problem in your home. Before tearing open your heat pump, instead carefully inspect your home. Make sure that your doors and windows are sealed properly. You may need to replace the weatherstripping in some cases. Pop your head into the attic and look at your insulation. If it’s looking a little thin, it might be time to add some more. Feel along the corners of your walls, and the joints where your flooring meets your walls. If you feel drafts here, you can take some caulking to these areas to seal them up. For quick fixes, use draft snakes along windows and doors. Once you’ve inspected your home and addressed the drafts, see how your heat pump is performing. If it’s cycling normally, you’ve solved your problem! If it’s still running 24/7, it’s time to give us a ring.

HVAC Services In Marion

Experiencing an HVAC concern this winter? It’s time to connect with Legacy Services. We can quickly take care of all your heat pump problems. We understand that HVAC issues don’t always happen during regular business hours, so we offer 24-hour emergency services so you don’t have to suffer in the cold in the middle of the night. Contact us today to schedule your next service call or repair.