Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Can a Heat Pump Manage in Our Winters?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

heating-cooling-housesThe winters here can be rough, although not at the deep-chill levels of many midwestern and northern states. Our homes absolutely need to have heating systems to manage the winters, but we don’t always have to rely on the natural gas furnaces that are the most common central heaters.

One of the alternatives to using a furnace for forced-air heating is a heat pump. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner.

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Why Is There Smoke Coming from My Heat Pump?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

frost-pattern-on-windowHeat pumps are becoming more common in our area as homeowners discover their advantages. Heat pumps provide two-in-one comfort, with powerful cooling for the summers and energy-efficient heating for the winters. Homes without natural gas connections that can’t use gas furnaces for heat benefit from the cost-saving operation of a heat pump. Compared to the cost of running an electric furnace, a heat pump is a huge annual money-saver.

Even though heat pumps operate similarly to air conditioners (we’ll talk more about this below), there are some important differences. If this is your first winter with a heat pump, you may be in for a few surprises when it runs–like seeing smoke coming off the outdoor unit.

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Heat PumpHeating and cooling systems are vitally important in our neck of the woods, with freezing cold winters and hot, muggy summers to contend with for a good 80% of the year. Most of us rely on centralized, forced-air furnaces and air conditioners to keep our homes comfortable, but they’re not the only systems out there. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system this spring, you might want to look into the options available. Heat pumps, in particular, make an excellent way to combine heating and air conditioning into one system and provide you with some tangible benefits in the process.

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Consider Installing a Heat Pump

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Late summer is a good time to take stock of your HVAC system here in Bryn Mawr, PA. Summer has been with us for several months now and with at least another month of hot weather expects, older air conditioners will begin to show signs of the strain. It’s also a time to look forward to the winter, and consider whether your heating system may be due for replacement. A heat pump makes a terrific solution in both cases, providing both heating and cooling power in a single package. Here’s how it works.

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Why is there Frost Forming on my Heat Pump?

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

It may seem counterintuitive: frost forming on a device intended to produce heat for your home in the winter. But not only is it common for heat pumps here in Springfield and Havertown, PA to develop frost while operating, it’s the sign of a big problem. Heat pumps rely on the same basic system as air conditioning: circulating refrigerant through a closed loop that first generates hot sir (to warm your house in the winter) and then cool air (to cool it in the summer). Frost can form for a number of reasons, though almost all of them denote a need to summon a repair technician and deal with the issue.

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3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Heat pumps combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one. In principle, they use the same system of cycling refrigerant that air conditioners do. The system generates warm air as well as cool air, but in traditional air conditioners, the warm air is usually vented outside of your home. Heat pumps are designed to blow that air into your home in the winter, allowing you to warm the house as well as cool it. But like any other appliance, heat pumps can sometimes run into problems. In matters of heat pump repair, Drexel Hill has a number of companies to turn to, but first the problem needs to be identified.

3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

  • Low refrigerant. Your heat pump requires a set amount of refrigerant to function as it should. When the refrigerant leaks, the pump’s cooling capacity is severely diminished and ice will form on the cooling coils (further hampering the system’s ability to function). A trained technician can seal the leak and recharge refrigerant levels to their set amounts.
  • Faulty condenser. The condenser motor affects the shift of the refrigerant to a liquid state, a key part of the air conditioning process. When the motor overloads or suffers from similar problems, the refrigerant won’t liquefy the way it should and the unit’s cooling power will be severely reduced.
  • Faulty fan motor. Heat pumps depend on fans to blow the cool air into your home. If the fan motor has trouble, the air flow will drop to nothing, which is just as problematic as an inability to generate cool air in the first place.

We have the skills and know how to treat the problem right the first time, every time, and we know how important it is to get your system up and running again in the heat of summer. Call us today or make an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!

For many common types of heat pump repair, or to schedule a session for heat pump repair, Drexel Hill residents can count on the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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