Sonora Heat Pump Services

If your heat pump suddenly blows warm air in cold mode, or freezes up frequently, call the expert heat pump contractors Sonora residents rely on most – Performance Based Heating & Air. Also serving Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.

Performance Based Heating & Air has been serving our customers for over 20 years. We’ve done installations from Valley Springs, CA to Groveland, CA and Angels Camp, CA to Tuolumne, CA. Whether you need heat pump repair or a full-blown replacement, you can count on us and our decades of experience to do the job right the first time.

Don’t forget, we provide expert air conditioner repair too!

Heat Pump Advantages

Heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another using a compressor and liquid or gas refrigerant. The benefits of this design means the system uses less electricity than traditional HVAC systems, and it can reverse its cycle to act like an air conditioner in the summer.

Another advantage heat pumps have over HVAC systems is that you typically don’t need to pair this system with a heater or air conditioner since it functions as both. Lastly, heat pumps are perfect for residents who want to make their homes more environmentally friendly.

If you’re not sure that a heat pump is right for your home, contact us today for a consultation.

Common Heat Pump Problems

A heat pump is like any other appliance, which means they’re prone to issues now and again. Here are the most common heat pump problems you may encounter, and when you need to call a heat pump repair service for help.

  • Heat Pump Doesn’t Come On – Sometimes, your heat pump fails to kick on and there are several reasons this can happen. Thermostat problems, power loss, broken starter capacitor, or a broken reversing valve are all potential culprits when your heat pump won’t start up.
  • No Heat – Another common problem is when the heat pump doesn’t put out heat when in heating mode. Sometimes, airflow to the unit is blocked by snow, ice, leaves, or other debris. Another issue that many people overlook is the air filter. A dirty air filter blocks airflow to the compressor, causing the system to fail. Lastly, if the refrigerant levels are too low your heat pump won’t be able to bring in enough heat to do its job.
  • No Cold Air – Opposite the above problem, sometimes your heat pump fails to deliver cold air when in cooling mode. This problem is often caused by issues with the thermostat, dirty components, or a broken reversing valve.
  • Heat Pump Runs Continuously – Much like an HVAC system, sometimes the heat pump won’t shut off during a cycle.

If you experience any of the issues above, call a heat pump repair service.

If you want the benefits of central air without the ducts, call us and ask about installing a ductless mini split system.

How to Maintain Your Heat Pump

The heat pump is a versatile, efficient, and environmentally solution for many homeowners. However, because these systems cool and heat your home, they run almost continuously, which increases wear and tear. To keep your heat pump in the best shape, and extend its lifespan for as long as possible, check out these handy maintenance tips.

  • Check the heat pump for snow or ice buildup in winter. The heat pump requires air to function properly, so the buildup of snow and ice impedes its performance.
  • Clean or change your filters at least once a month. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, which puts undue stress on the system and can cause it to fail prematurely.
  • Make sure the heat pump sits 4 to 8 inches off the ground to allow for proper drainage.
  • During the heating season, don’t set your heat pump thermostat below 65 degrees, and in the cooling system, don’t go below 60 degrees.
  • Check the outdoor coils for dirt and clean them if necessary.
  • Call a professional HVAC contractor for annual maintenance.

Whether you need heat pump repair or are considering upgrading to a heat pump, you can count on the experts at Performance Based Heating & Air. For service in Sonora and surrounding areas, call 209-588-7340.