When it comes to dealing with winter heat problems in North Carolina, you do not need to worry about a lot of snow or extremely cold temperatures for a long period of time. Just because you can enjoy a warmer climate throughout most of the year and typically experience mild winters, you should still have a reliable heat pump in your home for warmth during those cold stretches.
We have put together a list of common problems you could encounter this winter with your heating system. If you should require heating repair in the Chapel Hill area, contact Heating Cooling Chapel Hill for a quality home comfort evaluation and repair.
Heat Pump and Insulation
The insulation in the walls and ceilings of your home form a thermal barrier. This keeps the heat outdoors during the summer, and holds the heat indoors during the winter. If your home does not have enough insulation, heat will escape the home nearly as fast as your heat pump can produce it. You will start to see cold rooms throughout your home. Your heat pump will start to be overworked and could require multiple repairs. Make sure that you have good quality insulation in your walls, especially in the attic. This is the place where heat will find the easiest place to get outside before winter arrives.
Struggling Heat Pump
Heat pumps provide both heat and cool air. But, in extremely cold weather heat pumps can experience trouble with heating. Heat pumps must move ambient heat in from the outdoors. However, this is a problem only when temperatures fall below freezing. So if your heat pump is struggling to keep you warm, it most likely indicates a refrigerant leak, or trouble in the compressor that takes care of the heating process. Call in a professional to find out what is ailing your heat pump.
Poor Heat Pump Air Flow
Heat pumps use forced air to send heated air around your home. During the winter, you might begin to experience a decrease in air flow coming from the vents. The usual problem is a clogged air filter. If you do not change the air filter after the summer cooling season, it will have too much dirt and dust trapped in it to permit a steady air flow. Change the filter every month for the rest of the winter season and then have a technician check your heat pump to see if it has any damage from the excess debris.
When you need repairs, do not leave the work to another season. Hire the professionals at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill to repair your heat now.
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