Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

Replacing Your AC? Consider a Heat Pump

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We live in West Palm Beach, FL, where warm temperatures last for most of the year, and heating season is brief indeed. That means your air conditioner plays a much larger role in keeping your home comfortable. But you still need a heating system for those cool winter nights, even if it doesn’t see work nearly as often as your air conditioner does. (more…)

Why Is My Heat Pump Freezing Up?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

We don’t expect frost to show up on our outdoor appliances here in Boynton Beach, FL. Winters here aren’t exactly Siberia, and even when we have need of our heating systems, it’s more a matter of comfort than necessity. That’s one of the reasons why so many residents use heat pumps, which combine the effects of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. If we lived further north, we could probably pass off the development of frost on the system as no concern, but here in paradise, it’s a sign that something’s wrong with the system. The good news is that there’s a quality company out there that can fix it properly. Here’s a look at some of the reasons: (more…)

Causes of Trouble with Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Many residents here in Boynton Beach, FL use heat pumps rather than traditional heaters to warm our houses in the winter. “Warm” is a relative term, since we enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year and even the chilliest nights don’t need much to keep the heat at bay. That’s why a heat pump makes so much sense, since it performs best in areas with weather like ours and can save homeowners a great deal on monthly costs without skimping on the comfortable temperatures you need. (more…)

Consider Installing a Heat Pump

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Winters are a little different here in Boynton Beach, FL than they are further north. We enjoy mild temperatures at a time of the year when most of the rest of the country is buried in snow, and while our homes still need a reliable heating system to handle those cool winter nights, our needs aren’t as dire as they might be elsewhere. If you’re considering a new air conditioning or heating system this fall, you might want to think about installing a heat pump for your home instead of a more traditional system. They have a number of attractive features that make a lot of sense in this part of the world. (more…)

What Causes a Heat Pump to Shortcycle?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A common problem that heat pumps encounter is called “short cycling.” This is when the heat pump shuts down its heating (or cooling for air conditioning) cycle early instead of the standard ten minutes or more, and then turns back on again a short time later, only to again run for a brief time. Aside from creating a noise annoyance, short cycling poses a danger to the heat pump’s operation, because all of this starting and stopping forces the components inside the system to work harder. This additional work will make the heat pump wear down faster and need repairs earlier—or possibly require full replacement many years before it should. Because a heat pump uses the most power when it starts up, a short-cycling system will also cause an increase in your energy bills.

Short cycling almost always calls for repairs from professionals. For excellent heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, contact Astro Air Inc. Let our NATE-certified technicians find out why your heat pump is short cycling and discover a way to stop it.

Why does short-cycling happen?

Heat pumps will start short cycling for different reasons. Here are the most common:

  • Thermostat malfunction. A heat pump will end its cycle when it reaches the target temperature set by the thermostat. But if the thermostat is misreading the temperature because of a miscalibration, it will prematurely shut down the heat pump. Faulty wiring between the thermostat and the furnace can also cause this. Check the programming on the thermostat first before you to decide to summon repairs, just to make sure this isn’t user error.
  • Loss of refrigerant: If leaks develop that allow the refrigerant that carries out the heat exchange to escape, the heat pump’s ability will be impaired and it will start shutting off early.
  • Improperly sized heat pump. This is a serious problem, because its not easy to fix. If the heat pump is too large for your home, it will raise the temperature so rapidly that it will sense it has reached its target temperature too soon and shut down. Talk to a contractor about possible solutions if you have this issue.

Have experts inspect and then repair your heat pump

Since there are a multiple explanations for a heat pump starting to short cycle, you should consult with an HVAC expert as soon as the trouble starts. The longer the problem continues, the more problems it will cause. A professional can pinpoint the problem and offer solutions to restore your heat pump.

Heat pumps are fantastic year-round comfort solutions in Florida, so don’t lose the benefits of yours: for heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, call up Astro Air Inc.

What to Do When Your Heat Pump Won’t Start Up

Monday, November 18th, 2013

There are few places in the country that benefit as much from a heat pump as the state of Florida. With our long humid summers and short mild winters, we can get powerful air conditioning from a heat pump and the right amount of heating when necessary. Heat pumps also held combat humidity during the summer. For an all-around comfort solution for Florida’s climate, a heat pump makes a great choice.

Yet you can expect your heat pump to work long hours during the year, and like a human who does the same, that can mean too much stress and eventual burnout. Your heat pump doesn’t need a vacation, however; it needs maintenance and repairs to keep it working.

If your heat pump won’t start up, then you may have a number of issues that require professional attention. In some cases there are simple solutions you can apply yourself in a few minutes. We’ll go over the steps to take to get your heat pump cooling or heating you once more. When it’s time for heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, contact Astro Air Inc. and put our years of experience to work for you.

Steps to take when your heat pump won’t start up

  • Check circuit breakers: Although heat pumps do not drain as much electricity as systems like electrical furnaces or boilers, they can occasionally cause power surges that will trip a circuit breaker. Check the electrical panel to see if this is the case. If this occurs frequently, your heat pump may be mismatched with your home’s voltage and you’ll need a technician to help you with the problem.
  • Investigate the thermostat: An error programming a digital thermostat can result in the heat pump not receiving instructions to turn on when you want it to. Heat pumps have more complex thermostats than stand-alone air conditioners, so make sure the heat pump is in the right mode (cooling/heating). It’s also possible that the thermostat has become miscalibrated and is sensing the temperature incorrectly, which is a professional repair issue.
  • Call for expert repairs: If none of the various solutions seems to get the heat pump to turn on, then you will likely need a professional HVAC technician to diagnose and solve the problem. Many different malfunctions could account for the heat pump refusing to turn on, and only someone with the proper training can find the exact cause and repair it.

We don’t want you to go without the comfort of your heat pump for longer than you have to: Astro Air Inc. offers emergency service 24 hours a day, so when you need heat pump repair in West Palm Beach, FL, call us any time of the day or night.

Common Heating Installation Questions

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Having a good heating system in Florida is necessary to stay comfortable during those cold nights in the winter. But what are some of the best systems to get installed in your home in Boynton Beach? Astro Air Inc. has put together some of the most common heating installation questions that we get.

What is The Best Heating System for Florida?

Nearly every home in Florida has an air conditioning system. Because of that, some of the most popular heating systems that we install can be installed as part of that system without having to do any kind of retrofitting. But the main idea is that you want to know that you have a good and efficient heating system that will work when you need. Here are some of the most common systems that we install here.

  • Furnace – Furnaces are one of the most popular heating options in the county. The most popular type of furnace in Florida is electric furnaces.
  • Heat Pump – Another popular option is a heat pump. Heat pumps are unique forced air systems in that they can both cool and heat your home. They tend to be popular for two reasons. Frist, because they are highly efficient. Second, you only need one system to both cool and heat your home.
  •  Electric Heating Strips – These strips are a popular choice because they require very little maintenance. They run off of the electricity that is already coming into your air conditioning system. They can be added right into your existing forced air system so the installation process is pretty simple.

What is the Most Energy Efficient Heating System for My Home?

This will obviously very drastically depending on exactly where your home is and how you use the heating equipment. But if you have an older heating system in your home, it is generally accepted that a newer heating system will be more efficient.

If you have any other questions about the heating system in your home in Boynton Beach, call Astro Air Inc.. We can help you pick out a good heating system for your home and install it quickly for you. We pride ourselves in our workmanship and in our customer service. Give us a call today to talk with one of our certified heating technicians.