Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

How to Best Maintain Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 31st, 2018

How to Best Maintain Your Heat PumpFirst, make sure you’re changing your air filter! Too many homeowners assume two things about the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system—that it’s there for their indoor air quality and that it only needs to be changed a couple times a year, during professional maintenance.

The air filter is in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and debris that can infiltrate it and reduce system efficiency, leading to a plethora of costly problems for you. Depending on the type of air filter you have in place and the level of contaminants in your home—i.e. someone with pets or someone who smokes will have to deal with excessive pet dander as well as smoke particles—the air filter should be changed every 1–3 months during periods of use. And considering that heat pumps are year round systems, they are almost always in use. Therefore, you should stay on top of this DIY-maintenance task.

For everything else—meaning, for a full and comprehensive tune-up that ensures the effectiveness of your heat pump—you want to call our staff for professional maintenance.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Investment?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

wall vent near floor in homeWe are well into summer, and, subsequently, well into the higher temperatures we suffer through each year. So, what if you’ve made the discovery that your aging air conditioner is not getting the job done? If you need a West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning installation, what type of AC system should you choose?

If you already have a traditional central air conditioning system, you may wonder why we’re asking this—shouldn’t you just replace your old system with an upgraded version? Well, you can, but that might not be the best option for you.

Enter the heat pump. This is an option for air conditioning that comes with heating as well. Granted, heating systems aren’t something we really prioritize here in Florida, right? It may seem silly to even mention. Nevertheless, even though our “winters” are very brief and mild, the change in temperature does require a heater on some cooler nights.

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When Is the Last Time Your Heat Pump Was Maintained?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Preventive maintenance is one of those services it’s important to invest it to ensure the functionality of your HVAC system throughout the year. Since we don’t have to worry too much about heat here in Florida, we often just think about our AC systems when it comes to scheduling maintenance. But what if you have a heat pump? This 2-in-1 system, which is perfect for climates such as ours with hot summers and mild winters, requires more than just once-a-year maintenance. Keep reading to learn why.

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3 Signs That Your Heat Pump Is Struggling

Monday, August 29th, 2016

If your heat pump system all of the sudden stops working, then of course you know that you need repairs. However, there are other times where your cooling system may seem to be working properly, but you’ve noticed some concerning symptoms. So how do you know when it’s the right time to call for heat pump repairs?

If you want your heat pump cooling system to make it through the remainder of our summer—and fall—temperatures, then you should schedule air conditioning repairs at the first sign of trouble. We’ve provided 3 signs below that can indicate it’s time for you to invest in repairs.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Short-Cycling So Bad?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Have you noticed your air conditioner turning itself on and off every few minutes? If so, you are experiencing a problem called short-cycling. While this may seem harmless, it can actually cause a large amount of damage to your air conditioner if the problem isn’t taken care of right away. Keep reading to learn more about what causes this short-cycling process and why it’s bad for your air conditioner.

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Why Should I Consider Using a Heat Pump?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you are getting ready to invest in a new heating or air conditioning system, whether this is your first foray into the market or you are ready to replace an ailing system, we strongly recommend that you consider all available system options carefully. Remember, there is no reason as to why you should have to continue using the same type of system that you always have previously. Take the heat pump, for instance. Heat pumps have a lot to offer homeowners that other systems simply cannot match. Below you’ll find some information regarding the operation of heat pumps, as well as the benefits that you can expect to enjoy by using a heat pump in Wellington, FL. Just remember to schedule any and all heat pump services with Envirotech Air Quality Services.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Option for Cooling My Home?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Recent years have seen a lot of advancements in the residential cooling industry. With this in mind, modern homeowners really must stop and carefully consider their next move when trying to determine how best too cool their homes. One option that the professional HVAC technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services often recommend to our valued clients in the West Palm Beach, FL area is the heat pump. Heat pumps offer a number of unique benefits to homeowners seeking the ideal residential cooling system. Consider the information below, and contact a member of our staff with any further questions that you may have. If, after careful consideration, you decide that a heat pump is the right option for your home, know that you can count on us to install and service your heat pump with the greatest of care.

In terms of whole-house cooling, heat pumps operate much like a traditional split central air conditioning system. Heat is removed from the air in your home, and the cooled air is then redistributed throughout the house via a system of air ducts. Heat pumps are a bit more advanced in their operation, though, and are actually able to reverse their refrigerant cycle with the use of a component called the reversing valve. This is what really sets this type of air conditioning system apart.

In truth, calling a heat pump an air conditioning system is only half right. Reversing the refrigerant cycle means that a heat pump can actually use the ambient heat in the air outside in order to heat a home during the winter season. Not only is this incredibly convenient, allowing for year round comfort while using just one system, but it also allows you to heat your house with great efficiency. The heat in the air outside is the main source of heat, and only a small amount of electricity is used in order to facilitate the heat transfer process. Because our winters are relatively mild, a heat pump is actually a very appropriate heating system as well.

Heat pumps are a great option for any homeowner in this area to consider, but they are not for everyone; no HVAC system is. Weigh your options carefully, and remember to enlist the help of a trained professional to guarantee that you make your choice wisely. If you decide that a heat pump is ideal for your home, Envirotech Air Quality Services is here to help you get the very best performance that yours has to offer.

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How to Get Your Heat Pump Ready for Summer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Unlike other home comfort systems, the heat pump works for you around the year. Air conditioners hibernate during winter, and furnaces and boilers take a summer siesta. But the heat pump, acting as both an air conditioner and a forced-air heater, operates throughout the calendar, usually only getting some vacation time during brief temperate periods in spring and fall.

So with the winter weather gone, your heat pump is about to take on the hardest part of its job: the Florida summer. Here’s how you can help prepare your heat pump to run the gauntlet so it will make it through without problems—and help you make it through as well.

When you need assistance to bolster your system with maintenance or heat pump repair in Wellington, FL, call the 24-hour technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services.

Change the air filter

During the height of both heating and cooling seasons, you might need to change the filter for the heat pump as often as once a month to make sure it receives proper airflow and no contamination enters the cabinet. During the spring, you use the heat pump less, so you probably haven’t changed the filter recently. Before the heat pump comes on for steady cooling, change the filter to start the season fresh. (And keep up with those regular changes.)

Any operating oddities? Get those repairs done now!

As the winter season closed out, did you notice any irregularities with your heat pump’s operation? This could include odd sounds from the cabinet, uneven heating and cold spots in the house, strange smells from the vents, periods of low airflow, or the appearance of ice on the outdoor coil. If so, call for repairs before the summer haul: your heat pump needs some work done, and ignoring this could lead to a major breakdown during a sweltering Florida summer day.

Schedule regular maintenance

Your heat pump requires two maintenance visits per year: a fall check-up to prepare for winter, and a spring check-up to prepare for summer. Maintenance will investigate to see if there are any repairs or replacements that need to be done, and adjust, clean, and prep the unit to make it through to fall. Don’t wait for the summer to get this done! HVAC technicians have tighter schedules during extreme hot weather, so use the transition time to find a convenient appointment.

Get started with taking care of your heat pump right now. Call Envirotech Air Quality Services to take care of the heat pump repair in Wellington, FL that you need. While on the phone with us, arrange for your regular maintenance. With all this taken care of, you and your heat pump will be ready for any heat wave.

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Why Your Heat Pump Will Only Blow Cold Air

Monday, January 13th, 2014

When you have a heat pump installed in your Florida home, you do it because you want both heating and cooling for year-round comfort. If your heat pump starts to fail to do one of its two jobs—such as blowing only cold air during a time when you need heating—then you may have a serious problem with the unit that will require repairs from heat pump specialists.

We’ll go through some of the reasons your heat pump may seem to be stuck in cooling mode to help guide you toward a solution. Envirotech Air Quality Services is ready 24 hours a day to help you with any repairs you need in Wellington, FL for a heat pump.

Reasons for a heat pump to only cool

Let’s eliminate a simple possibility: the heat pump’s thermostat is set incorrectly. Check the thermostat to see if an error in programming has caused the heat pump to remain in cooling mode.

However, a thermostat can appear to have the correct setting, and yet have a malfunction that makes it send the wrong instructions to the heat pump. A miscalibration can lead to the thermostat sensing false temperature readings. A wiring problem can cause the thermostat to lose its connection to the heat pump entirely so that it cannot signal the heat pump to switch modes. Heating experts will get to the bottom of the problem and find a remedy.

The most common reason inside the heat pump itself for this problem is a malfunction with the reversing valve. This crucial component is attached to the refrigerant line and is responsible for changing the direction the refrigerant flows through the unit, and consequently the change from one mode to the other. If the reversing valve breaks, the unit will remain stuck in one mode. Only an expert repair technician can properly replace a broken reversing valve.

Bring in heating and cooling specialists

Heat pumps are not pieces of equipment that amateurs can repair using a printed-up guide from the Internet. You need professionals with the right training and the right equipment to assist you. If your heat pump remains in cooling mode, and nothing you do with the thermostat will correct it, you’ve reached the point where you need to call a heating and cooling contractor.

Envirotech Air Quality Services can provide exceptional repairs and maintenance for your Wellington, FL heat pump. Don’t just tolerate a broken heat pump, hoping it will get better. Make it better today with our services.

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Important Heat Pump Components

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A heat pump works in the same manner as a stand-alone air conditioner: it transfers heat from one location to another. Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can run the process in two directions. During warm weather when you need your home cooled down, a heat pump functions as an air conditioner and absorbs heat from indoors. During cold weather when you need a warm house, the process flips around, and heat extracted from outdoors gets moved indoors.

Because they function like air conditioners, heat pumps have similar components: fans, motors, coils (which switch between acting as condensers and evaporators), and capacitors. However, there are two important components that set heat pumps apart from standard air conditioners.

If you need help with your heat pump in Wellington, FL with either of these parts—or anything else that may ail your heating system—contact Envirotech Air Quality Services.

The key heat pump components

Reversing valve: This valve controls the direction of the refrigerant, and the refrigerant must be able to move in two directions for the heat pump to carry out both its functions. A reversing valve has two states, relaxed and energized. In the second state, an electric current runs through the valve. The manufacturer may make the relaxed state for cooling, and the energized state for heating, but it can also be designed the other way.

Two expansion valves: Since your indoor and outdoor coil need to both be able to absorb and dissipate heat, you need an expansion device at each coil. One will work during heating, and the other during cooling. Expansion valves regulate the amount of refrigerant that flows into the evaporator coil and absorbs heat from the air.

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Failure of either of any components will mean a heat pump that will only provide you with one of its functions—or may not work at all. Professional technicians must handle replacing these parts, since they are complex pieces of equipment, and different heat pump models use different types.

If you depend on a heat pump in Wellington, FL, you will need fast and reliable repairs done when a malfunction occurs in any of its components. You can call on Envirotech Air Quality Services any time of the day or night for top-quality repairs.

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