Winters are the worst time to have heat pump breakdowns. When Chicago’s weather forecast has flurries, snow rain, and icy showers in store, a heat pump breakdown can make your home unbearable to live in. Call in a professional to deal with the problem immediately, especially since the temperatures are expected to drop further.

Here are some common reasons why ductless heat pumps tend to malfunction:

Issues with the compressor

The outdoor unit of your ductless heat pump contains the compressor, heat pump, condenser, and fan. The compressor is responsible for circulating the refrigerant between the heat exchanger coils. The refrigerant evaporates in one coil and absorbs the heat from its surroundings. The compressed refrigerant is transported to the second coil where condensation happens.

Issues that arise with the compressor lead to problems with the heating of your home. When the compressor isn’t working at optimal capacity, there will be less heat produced to keep your home warm.

Leak in the refrigerant

Refrigerant leaks are common with a ductless heat pump. All heat pumps require a fixed amount of refrigerant in them to work effectively. Once there’s a leak in the refrigerant, the system won’t heat your home well. You need to call in a professional to seal the system and refill the refrigerant.

Reversing valve issues

Heat pumps have a reversing valve. This component is important as it affects the direction the refrigerant flows in. This way a heat pump can provide cooling as well as heating. This valve can sometimes get stuck in one position resulting in only heating or cooling, not both. In other cases a refrigerant leak can develop in this area, causing the ductless heat pump to malfunction.

Clog in the condensate line

The refrigerant and condensate lines in a ductless heat pump are longer than those found in traditional HVAC systems. Longer lines make them prone to developing clogs. These clogs affect its heating ability.

The outdoor unit is dirty

When your heat pump is heating your home, the outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air outside with the help of the refrigerant. When the outside unit is dirty, its ability to absorb heat is negatively affected. Call in a professional to thoroughly clean the outdoor unit so the unit can work efficiently.

Get your heat pump repaired by our professionals. We have over 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry in Chicago. If you’re looking to invest in a new ductless heat pump, or radiator installation Chicago we can install it for you. A consultation with our representatives will help you choose the best system for your needs.

We also provide furnace repair and installation and floor heating repair Chicago. Contact us at (773) 801-3734 for more information about our services in Buck Town, Lincoln Park and surrounding areas.