Many Palm Beach County homeowners already know the value of heat pumps in South Florida. Heat pumps may face problems in states with constant freezing, blizzard-like weather. But for an area with occasional, moderate heating requirements, heat pumps are perfect because they can both heat and cool your home.
Experts are concerned as U.S. heatwaves become the norm, the rush to install air conditioners will create even more heat. But heat pumps are more energy-efficient because they don’t generate heat. Instead, they pull warmth from outside air and move it inside (or vice versa in summer).
There are several kinds of heat pumps:
- Gas (for buildings or homes more than 4,000 square feet)
- Water source
The heating and cooling professionals at Hopkins Air Conditioning have over 45 years of South Florida HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) experience. Call 561-656-4870 or contact Hopkins Air Conditioning with questions.
HEAT PUMP Maintenance
Your Palm Beach County heat pump needs a maintenance tune-up at least every year. (Some homeowners prefer fall and spring.) We’ll send reminders and schedule it at your convenience.
Heat pump maintenance includes:
- Confirming refrigerant charge/leaks
- Diagnosing/sealing any duct leakages
- Ensuring correct thermostat operations
- Examining belts
- Inspecting ducts, filters, blower, indoor coils
- Inspecting electric terminals
- Lubricating motors
- Validating electric control (making sure heating is locked out when cooling is required and vice versa)
- Verifying adequate airflow
You’ll love the efficiency of a home heat pump! It’s quite simply the best choice for Floridians, but they are trending everywhere. The average life expectancy is 15 years, but when well-maintained, heat pumps can last 20 years.
Heat Pump Repairs
Some of the most common repairs heat pumps need are:
- Electrical: This is the most common problem, and it’s typically not that difficult for a professional to repair. Never attempt a DIY diagnosis or repair with an electrical problem. It’s not worth the risk.
- Frozen/iced-over outdoor unit: It can happen, even here. Your heat pump has a defrost cycle, but if it fails and the outdoor coil ices up, act quickly. It isn’t a problem yet but could strain the unit and lead to a breakdown.
- Refrigerant: Heat pumps use refrigerant year-round. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, act quickly. It means the unit can’t absorb and transfer heat correctly, which can damage the compressor.
- Reversing valve: This is what allows you to switch from heating to cooling. If it gets stuck, schedule heat pump repair.
HEAT PUMP INSTALLATION & REPLACEMENT
Hopkins Air Conditioning installs all brands and types of heat pumps. There are many considerations when you plan to purchase new or replace a heat pump for your Jupiter, FL, home.
The size and type of the unit depend on:
- Brand: Research performance and value and buy according to your needs; Lennox heat pumps are among the top systems
- Climate: Heat pumps work better in moderate winter weather
- Ductwork: Existing, new, or replacement
- Home size
- SEER: Seasonal energy efficiency rating (16-plus are high-efficiency)
- Sound: Sound is measured in decibels; lower is quieter
- Usage: Maximum demand is unique to your household/family
You’ll see benefits almost immediately after installing your new heat pump:
- Higher property value: When you sell, your heat pump could show a substantial return on investment. Heat pump technology means you could add between $10,000 and $17,000 to your home’s value.
- Lower carbon footprint
- Operating costs will pay for themselves in the long term.
- Reduce airborne allergens with a ductless heat pump system.
- Safer than gas
Hopkins Air Conditioning professionals take pride in being South Florida’s best HVAC company. Call 561-656-4870 or contact us for heat pump information.