Your New Jersey heat pump needs to work year round to provide heat and air conditioning. This is why you want to make sure it’s performing as efficiently as possible to save on energy costs and prevent break downs. You should schedule an annual maintenance check-up and inspection with a certified HVAC technician to test the efficiency levels.
However, there are a few common causes of performance issues to be aware of so that you can be sure your heat pump performs at optimal levels. Call Heritage Air & Heat if you have questions about heat pump performance issues, or to make an appointment for an annual inspection and professional cleaning.
You need a certain amount of airflow for your heat pump to work efficiently. If you have an airflow less than 350 cubic feet per minute, it will cost more for your heat pump to heat and cool your home. Your HVAC contractor will check your airflow at your annual maintenance inspection. You can help airflow by keeping your coils clean. Sometimes your air ducts are the wrong size for your heat pump or your fan is not going faster enough, but often cleaning the coils and changing air filters will improve airflow. It’s one of the many reasons that you should have your heat pump cleaned and inspected at least once a year. If you suspect that your heat pump is having problems with air flow, call a professional HVAC technician to come out and take a look.
Air Leaks in the Duct System
Inefficient or poorly-designed duct systems may not distribute air properly throughout your home because of potential air leaks. There should always be a balance between the intake and return air in a forced air system, which helps maintain a neutral pressure within the house and increase efficiency. Some contractors argue over how tightly a house should be sealed for this reason, but if your New Jersey heat pump is losing heat through leaks in the air ducts, this will greatly affect its efficiency.
Refrigerant leaks are another common cause of low performance levels in heat pumps. Most heat pumps already have refrigerant when they leave the factory and shouldn’t have any issues. Heat pumps that are charged with refrigerant when they are installed can sometimes have the wrong amount of refrigerant. Either too much or too little refrigerant will lower the heat pump’s efficiency and performance levels. Always check the recommended refrigerant amount or ask an HVAC technician before you add refrigerant yourself.
If the heat pump in your New Jersey home isn’t working properly, it is also affecting your heating bills. Call Heritage Air & Heat today to set up an appointment.