We depend on our heat pumps to work year round. They need to provide both heating and cooling, and that means they get a lot of use. One of the indications that you’re in need of heat pump repair is when you hear strange or unusual sounds coming from your system components. While sounds are notoriously subjective and difficult to diagnose, there are some common noises that may indicate certain repairs. It’s important to heed any such sounds, for they could indicate that your heat pump is in need of serious professional attention. For more information, or to schedule Champaign, IL heat pump repair, call the experts at Lanz Heating and Cooling today!
- Buzzing. This often indicates an electrical problem. The sound of buzzing could mean that you have an electrical arcing issue, which can be both counter-productive and hazardous. It may also mean that a part of the electrical supply line is damaged. Alternatively, the capacitor that energizes the system and stores electrical energy may be poorly connected.
- Clanging. If it sounds as though two pieces of metal are hitting each other over and over, then it’s probably true. It’s possible that the blades on the exhaust fan are hitting the sides of the housing, or one of the blades is bent or damaged. You may need to replace the fan. There may also be something loose inside the heat pump unit.
- Grinding. The sound of grinding is often the sound of dry bearings. If it’s the sound emits from your indoor unit, then it’s likely that the bearings in the blower motor have dried out, and are now struggling to make the air handler operate properly.
- Hissing. This sound is often the result of an air leak somewhere, perhaps in the refrigerant line or in one of the coils. A refrigerant leak can deplete your system fast, making it ineffectual. Leaking refrigerant is also an environmental hazard that needs professional attention.
You should expect your heat pump to make some sounds as it operates, but strange or unusual sounds are often a red flag that there is something wrong. For comprehensive Champaign, IL heat pump repair, call the pros at Lanz Heating and Cooling today!