Central Works HVAC Systems team and technicians are gearing up for the winter season. Too many times our clients have a heat pump or heating unit quit in the middle of a cold snap. Not to mention that there are many service calls of these types. When that happens, it can be a challenge to service our clients in a timely manner. To minimize the chance that this happens to you, we will share the 3 most common Baton Rouge heater repairs.
1. What Heating Unit is Used in Baton Rouge?
The most common residential heating unit used in our area of Baton Rouge is the heat pump. We see hot summers and cold winters in our area. The heat pump has its name because it can pump heat into the home during the winter. It also pumps it out and leaves cool air inside the home during the summer. This makes a convenient heating and cooling unit in one. They work very well but need repairs from time to time. Those in the area may also use a boiler, furnace, or other heating unit in their home or business.
2. Heat Pump Refrigerant Leak
Heat pumps use a certain type of refrigerant to generate hot and cold air. The liquid is brought into and out of the unit using lines. It is necessary for the operation of the unit. Any leak may also be accompanied by performance issues. A leak means there isn’t enough refrigerant to properly absorb and transfer heat. This can lead to compressor damage as well as reduced performance. The leaking refrigerant itself can also damage your home. We recommend installing leak detectors in the most likely places it can occur. Be sure to immediately call a trusted HVAC company in your area if you suspect there is a leak in your unit. You may hear strange hissing sounds when refrigerant leaks occur.
Your heat pump uses many valves to work. One of the most common breakdowns is in the reversing valve. It is what allows the heat pump to reverse the refrigerant flow. This feature allows you to switch between cooling and heating modes. At times, the reversing valve can fail and gets stuck in either one mode or the other. Only a trained technician can diagnose and fix this issue. Learn more about the reversing valve by clicking here.
4. Electrical Issues
Heat pumps and other heating units commonly run on electricity. The good news is that some electricity failures can be fixed without our help.
- Thermostat – Check to ensure the thermostat is set to the correct heat or cool position. The temperature should be higher or lower than the current temp depending on the setting. Check the batteries on the thermostat. Many units have indicators for the battery power as well.
- Blown Fuse – Those of you with the know how may go to your electrical panel. Throw the breaker for the HVAC unit. Wait a minute. Power back on.
Call a professional if neither of these fixes help.
More on the Most Common Baton Rouge Heater Repairs
Finally, we do not recommend that you attempt to perform any heater repairs on your own. Always use a trusted professional in your area who stands behind their work.
The techs at Central Works HVAC Solutions specialize in diagnosing and fixing the most common Baton Rouge heater repairs and stand behind our work. We can professionally inspect, diagnose, repair and install all types of HVAC units. Contact our team today to get a free, no-obligation quote on your heater repairs and much more.