The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Common Repair Warning Noises From a Heat Pump

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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Heat pumps are wonderful devices, especially in warmer climates like we get to enjoy here in Tampa Bay. A heat pump can deliver all the cooling a home needs through the long and hot seasons, and then switch over to energy-saving heating during the short periods of cooler weather. It’s all there in one system, and it can make a difference in energy costs compared to using a combination of an AC and an electric or even gas furnace. 

But this marvel of comfort technology can still malfunction. Whether you have your heat pump in heating or cooling mode, it still operates in a fashion similar to an air conditioner and can encounter the same types of malfunctions as an AC. Many of these malfunctions make specific noises that will give you a warning that it’s time to call us for cooling/heating repair in Clearwater, FL.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Only Sending Out Cold Air?

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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One of the nice features of heat pumps is that they easily switch between heating and cooling modes. You don’t need to make changes to the heat pump itself when you need warmth from it after months of cooling. All that has to happen is an adjustment on the thermostat, and the thermostat signals the heat pump to change modes. That’s a reason heat pumps in Tampa, FL are popular options: we can quickly leap to heating during the short periods when we need it, then go right back to cooling.

But a heat pump can malfunction like any other device, and you might find that when you need heat for your house that the heat pump is still working in air conditioning mode and sending cool air from the vents. Why is this happening?

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A Few Important Facts to Know About Your New Heat Pump

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Congratulations on your new heat pump installation! (We hope you called our technicians for the installation. Professional work is the best way to ensure a heat pump works right for years to come.) Now that you have a heat pump rather than a furnace and air conditioner, you have a compact and efficient solution for your comfort needs around the year.

Because you’ve never had a heat pump for your house before, we’d like to share some important facts about it. This information can help you get the most out of the new system, as well as help you know when to call for heat pump repairs in Tampa, FL and schedule maintenance.

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Troubles With Heat Pumps Our Technicians Often Repair

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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A heat pump looks like an air conditioner, sounds like an air conditioner, has components like an air conditioner, and sends out cool air like an air conditioner. But it’s not an air conditioner, because it can also provide heating. It takes special components to allow a heat pump to perform this dual function, but those differences are vital for technicians to know so they can effectively service a malfunctioning heat pump.

We want to help you understand the heat pump that keeps your house comfortable. That means you’ll have a better idea of when to call an HVAC contractor in Clearwater, FL (i.e. us) to repair it when it isn’t working right. Here’s a list of heat pump problems we’re often called to fix.

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The Heat Pump Benefits for Florida Homes

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

How much do you think about your home heating in Clearwater, FL? Not much, we’d guess. Tampa Bay is a warm and tropical place, and many people travel from northern states to vacation with us during the winter because of how mild the temperatures are.

However, it’s still a good idea to have a central heating system for your home to deal with the occasional cool days. If you still think this isn’t a logical route for you, we’d like to introduce you to the heat pump. It’s an HVAC system that is an ideal fit for the weather in Tampa Bay and the comfort needs of homes. Many of our customers arrange for a heat pump installation when they decide to replace their old air conditioning systems—and most of those people love the heat pumps and the benefits they bring.

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Can a Heat Pump Keep Up With Florida Summers?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headHeat pumps are becoming more and more popular for home comfort, especially here in Florida. But even with heat pumps popping up in a larger number of houses than ever before, the general public has many misunderstandings about what they are how they operate—and that makes it more difficult to know if a heat pump might be a good installation for home comfort.

The question in the title comes from one of these misunderstandings. Heat pumps are comfort systems that both heat and cool, leading to people thinking that they can’t do either job as well as a standalone air conditioner or heater. Here in Florida, where heating isn’t the main comfort concern, homeowners want to know if a heat pump in cooling mode can manage the intense summer weather as well as an air conditioner.

The answer is yes! But there is a caveat.

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The Change to Spring: Ways to Help Your Heat Pump

Monday, March 11th, 2019

daffodilsA heat pump offers a home the great advantage of having both heating and cooling in a single unit. But it also offers a challenge as well, because it works twice as hard as a standard AC or heater. It’s important to see that your heat pump gets the right attention and service each year so that it’s prepared to work for all seasons. We’re now moving toward the hot weather of the middle of the year, so it’s time to get your heat pump ready for long hours in cooling mode.

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Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Heating

Monday, January 28th, 2019

cold-sweater-manIf you use a heat pump in Clearwater, FL to provide both heating and cooling for your home, you’ll use it most of the time in its cooling mode. After all, Tampa Bay enjoys hot summers and warm to mild winters. It’s not often we need to have heating power for comfort. But this is one of the reasons heat pumps are such good choices for comfort in our climate: they are powerful air conditioning systems that can shift into working as efficient heating systems when necessary.

If a heat pump is working as it should, all it takes to change it to heating mode is to make an adjustment to the thermostat. But what happens if you do make the adjustment to your heat pump, but you either don’t get enough heat or the heat pump continues to send out cooled air?

Let’s take a quick look at what might be happening.

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Why a Heat Pump May Be Your Perfect AC System

Monday, November 20th, 2017

ductless-heat-pumpThe perfect AC system is a coveted item in a warm place like Tampa. You need a system that can handle the heat and the humidity. You want to make sure it’s a good fit for your home as well. And preferably it would work well with a heating system, even if you don’t use it often.

Why not get everything you need from a single system? A heat pump allows for heating and cooling all in one, using refrigerant for both heat removal (the cooling process) and moving heat into a home. It can absorb heat from the outdoors even when temperatures approach freezing, and it’s perfect for our climate. It may be the only comfort system you need.

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