A bad heat pump compressor is a common problem in Harvey, LA. The average heat pump lasts about 15 years but might last even longer with good maintenance. You might see some of the following signs if your heat pump is bad.

1. The Compressor Makes Strange Sounds

If your compressor starts making unexplained sounds, that’s a sign there is a problem or it’s about to fail. Listen for a ticking, clacking or vibrating noise. However, a quiet heat pump could also have a problem.

The compressor fan will generally make a slight sound when in use. So, it’s not completely quiet. But if the compressor goes completely silent, that could mean there’s a valve issue.

2. The Breaker Keeps Tripping

A faulty compressor could cause your breaker to trip. If there’s no explanation why the breaker is being tripped, a faulty compressor is a likely reason.

The compressor is overheating if it causes the breaker to trip. Overheating can damage the compressor and other parts of your HVAC system. Checking the compressor can prevent additional problems from developing.

3. Reduced Cooling or Heating

Your heat pump shouldn’t produce hot air in cooling mode. It also shouldn’t produce cool air when it’s in heating mode. Blowing the wrong-temperature air doesn’t automatically mean the heat pump is failing, but it’s a possibility.

4. Insufficient Airflow

Have you noticed a decrease in the airflow from your HVAC system? The airflow is there, but it’s much weaker than usual. Insufficient airflow is often a warning sign of a failing heat pump compressor.

5. The Heat Pump Conks Out

If the heat pump won’t start, the compressor has possibly reached the end of its lifespan. If the compressor is 15 years old or older, it’s likely time for a replacement.

Regular maintenance is one way to prevent or catch a heat pump compressor problem before it gets too bad. Contact Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling to schedule heat pump compressor repair or maintenance services in Harvey, LA.

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