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Heat pumps are innovative heating and cooling systems that use refrigerant technology to either remove cold or heat from your home, depending on whether you need heating or air conditioning. Continue reading to learn about some of the signs of a heat pump compressor going bad in St. Simons Island, GA.

Improper Airflow

If your heat pump blows cold air when it’s in heating mode or warm air when it’s in cooling mode, then you may have a bad compressor. A broken compressor struggles to circulate refrigerant through the system. Without proper circulation of the refrigerant, the HVAC system can’t do its job in keeping your home warm or cool.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

A failing compressor might trip your circuit breaker. How this happens is the failing compressor causes your outdoor condensing unit to draw too much power and overheat.

Your heat pump might trip the breaker as quickly as when it’s attempting to start with a faulty compressor. If it trips when it starts, it’s easier to make the connection between what’s tripping your breaker.

Strange Sounds

Your outdoor condensing unit shouldn’t vibrate excessively when it’s starting. This is an indicator that your compressor may be failing. It’s probably close to a complete failure when it begins causing your condenser to vibrate.

When the condenser completely fails, your heat pump won’t work at all. This could cause a heating emergency in the middle of winter. To reduce the likelihood of a heating emergency, you should schedule a heating tune-up in the fall.

We inspect your heat pump during a tune-up for impending signs of heating problems. The sooner you catch a problem, the better.

Other strange sounds that your heat pump might make when the compressor is going bad are clattering, growling and screeching. They could mean your compressor is going bad. Screeching could also mean sharp metal parts are coming into contact with each other.

You don’t want to ignore signs of a compressor going bad or any other heat pump issue because problems typically worsen over time. Contact us at The A/C Guys to schedule heating repair services in St. Simons Island, GA.

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