Many Sacramento homeowners love heat pumps for their versatility, efficiency, and dependability. But what do you do when your heat pump has lost a step or has broken? You do what thousands of others have done when they needed conventional HVAC repair in Sacramento: you get in touch with Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for heat pump repairs and other heat pump services.

Heat Pump Trouble Signs

Like any other HVAC system, heat pumps are subject to wear and tear, and they lose efficiency as they age even with proper heat pump maintenance. These trouble signs will alert you when it’s time to call for heat pump repairs.

Wrong Air Temperature

One of the most common complaints we hear is that customers’ heat pumps are blowing hot air in the summertime, or hot air in the wintertime. Because heat pumps heat and cool, this is more common than you might think and often has an easy fix: check to be sure your settings are appropriate to the season. If that doesn’t solve the problem, call us.

Heat Pump Won’t Turn On

This is a problem that can have multiple sources. Check your thermostat first to make sure it’s set properly. If it is and the pump won’t turn on, check your emergency shutoff, and also the breaker box (the heat pump is normally on its own breaker). We also suggest checking for drafts near the thermostat. We also provide smart thermostat installations that can help boost your home’s energy efficiency.

Your Heat Pump Doesn’t Sound Right

Once you’ve had your heat pump for a while, you’ll get used to the sounds it makes as it powers up, cycles, and powers back down. Deviations from those sounds, especially grinding, thumps, squeaks, or squeals, are signs of trouble. Call us if you hear them.

Strange Smells in the Air

On the other hand, your heat pump may sound fine but might smell terrible. The sources can vary, including mold, mildew, bacteria, or the occasional critter that decides to crawl into the system and expires there. Since these smells indicate things that can also degrade indoor air quality and health, it’s a good idea to get in touch. And if you ever notice a burning smell, call us immediately!

Reduced Airflow

Here, start by changing your filters. We’ve seen filters that were forgotten cut back on airflow. We’ve also seen well-intentioned homeowners install heavier-duty filters than their system was rated for, which can strain components and reduce airflow, so it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct filters.

Other Heat Pump Problems

These aren’t all the heat pump problems you might face. From uneven heating and cooling to ice on the indoor or outdoor coils, to problems caused by an unqualified installer, there’s plenty that can go wrong — and Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning is always here to help (literally — we’re on call 24/7).

How Long Will a Heat Pump Last?

Heat pumps last from ten to twelve years on average, compared to 12 to 15 years for an air conditioner and 15 to 20 years for a furnace. Why the shorter lifespan? Don’t forget, a heat pump is pulling double-duty, keeping your home comfortable year-round. There will be short periods of time when it isn’t in use because the temperature has hit a particular sweet spot, but for the most part, it’s in near-constant use. That’s why, even more than conventional HVAC systems, it’s important to get a heat pump tune-up on a regular basis so everything works as it should.

Should I Repair or Replace My Heat Pump?

At some point, every homeowner has to decide whether to continue getting heat pump repairs or to opt instead for a new heat pump installation. If your unit is ten years old or older, a newer heat pump heats and cools more effectively for less money. Speaking of money, rising utility bills are often a warning that your heat pump is losing efficiency and should be replaced. Other factors, like a home addition, can necessitate a system that’s sized for the new space. And of course, if you find repairs coming more frequently, and at higher expense, it can be time to cut your losses and replace your older system. If you aren’t sure, we’ll evaluate your existing system and help you come to an informed decision.

What to Expect From Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning

We provide repairs and replacements for a number of different types of systems, across nearly every brand. That includes: 

  • Heat pumps
  • Furnaces
  • Central air conditioners
  • Ductless split systems 

Because problems manifest in any number of ways, the costs in parts and labor for a heat pump repair will vary. We diagnose the problem, advise you on the best course of action, provide you with an estimate, and then let you make the decision that fits your needs and budget. If you accept, we’ll get right to work so your home goes back to being as comfortable as usual.

Why Call Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning?

For decades, Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning has served Sacramento area homeowners with integrity, knowledge, and experience. We’re available all day, every day for your heating and cooling needs, so 916-455-4548 us today!