AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

Why Install a Heat Pump?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Winter has arrived in Burbank, CA, and if you’re looking at replacing your HVAC system, now is actually a very good time. Our cold weather never gets that cold in sunny Southern California, and replacing an old air conditioner – or even a heater – is rarely an emergency.  That gives you the time to make a duly-considered solution, which might include an alternative to the more traditional models of heating and air conditioning. Heat pumps, in particular, do quite well in climates like ours, and if you need a new system, this might be an ideal solution to your HVAC problems.

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Why Is Ice on My Heat Pump?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Our winters can sometimes be cool here in Los Angeles, CA but almost never cold enough to freeze. That’s why it can be such a surprise when you step outside and find the outdoor surface of your heat pump with ice on it. It seems almost counterintuitive – ice on a machine that should be producing warmth this time of year – and in point of fact, ice forming on a heat pump can be a big problem if you don’t address it promptly. It interferes with moving parts as well as forcing the system to work harder to heat or cool your home. If it isn’t addressed, it will result a more serious breakdown, resulting in a larger repair bill. A trained technician can fix the issue, and you can help him out by keeping the outdoor components clear of debris and dry – especially when temperatures get particularly chilly. Beyond that, there are usually one of two reasons why ice is on your heat pump.

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Is Heat Pump Installation Right for Me?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Here in Los Angeles, CA, our winters seem to be getting shorter and milder every year. But we still get those chilly nights where it’s nice to have a heater running to keep your home warm. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you might consider a heat pump instead of a more traditional heating and air conditioning unit. They can cost a little more to install, but the benefits are often worth it. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works.

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How a Heat Pump can Improve Your Home Heating

Monday, March 30th, 2015

When most people think of a home heating system, they imagine either a furnace or a boiler. This is because those two systems are by far the most popular home heating systems in the country. That’s all well and good, but those two systems aren’t the only options when it comes to heating your home. Heat pumps are a great alternative to more traditional system, and offer a number of distinct advantages.

Let’s take a closer look at heat pumps, how they work, and how they can improve your home heating.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a system that doesn’t burn fuel to create heat. Instead, it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside air and bring it inside. Think of it as operating a bit like an air conditioner, but in reverse. Far from just being a backwards air conditioner, however, a heat pump is also equipped with a reversing valve. This reversing valve allows the system to reverse the flow of refrigerant through the system. By doing this, a heat pump can switch back and forth between heating and cooling modes.

What are the Advantages of a Heat Pump?

For one thing, by installing a heat pump you save hundreds of dollars and a lot of space that would otherwise be dedicated to a separate air conditioning system. The savings don’t end there, however. The vast majority of your heating system’s operating cost is paying for the fuel that it burns. With a heat pump, all you need to pay for is the electricity it uses to operate. After a couple of years, a heat pump will completely pay itself off in savings and start putting money directly into your pocket. Heat pumps also happen to be quite environmentally friendly, as they don’t burn fossil fuels like other heating systems do. If you decide to install a heat pump in your home, you’ll be garnering a lot of advantages that other systems won’t be able to match.

If you would like to know more about the advantages of heat pumps, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide heating services throughout Santa Monica.

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What Are My Options for Heating Installation?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Spring can be a great time to install a new heating system, but the amount of options homeowners have for new heating systems can be overwhelming.

The experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can help you with your new heating installation from beginning to end, including reviewing your heating options with you. Your heating system is going to be with you for a long time, so it’s important to choose wisely. Understanding how certain systems work and what they can offer you are important to your heating installation in Santa Monica, so here are some of the options available to you from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating:

Furnaces

Furnaces are very common heating systems in homes; it’s estimated that 60% of homes across the nation use a furnace for heating. There are two types of furnaces available to homeowners: gas or electric. Both types need ductwork to operate. There are a number of similar parts between the two types, but they generate heat differently.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices because they offer your home both heating and cooling. They work by transferring heat from one location to another; this means they do not generate heating or cooling, and therefore do not use any fossil fuels nor do they require a great amount of electricity. Heat pumps can work with ductless or ducted systems.

Which System Is Best for Me?

Deciding which heating system is best for your home is going to depend on your needs, whether or not you have ductwork and lastly, what your preferences are. For instance, a gas furnace won’t be an option for you if you don’t have access to a natural gas line. As another example, a heat pump may not be for you as you may just have installed a new air conditioning system and don’t require a 2-in-1 type of device.

Working with a trained heating expert, like the ones at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, can help you determine which heating system will be best for heating installation in your Santa Monica home. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

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3 Common Heat Pump Repairs

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Heat pumps have a couple of unique functions that set them apart from other heating systems. Unfortunately, this also imparts a couple of unique problems that heat pump owners have to deal with. Below are 3 of the most common heat pump problems that require repair, and what can be done about them.

Stuck in Cooling/Heating Mode

A heat pump is able to switch between both heating and cooling modes. This is due to its ability to change the flow of refrigerant through the system. As refrigerant is responsible for carrying thermal energy, the ability to reverse its flow determines whether heat is being carried into or out of the house. When a heat pump becomes stuck on one mode or another, it means that it cannot reverse the flow of refrigerant. This means that the reversing valve, the part which actually reverses the flow, it probably stuck or broken.

Not Circulating Air

If your heat pump is on, but not circulating air, there could be a couple of reasons. First, can you hear the motor running? If the motor is running but you can’t feel air circulating, the fan belt is probably broken. The fan belt is what links the motor to the fan, enabling it to spin when the motor is turned on. If the fan belt is broken, the motor has no connection to the fan. This is what would cause the unit to turn on, but not circulate any air.

No Heat in Heating Mode

If your heat pump appears to be in heating mode, but is not putting out an appreciable amount of heat, then you may have a leak in the refrigerant line. As mentioned above, the refrigerant line is what is responsible for carrying thermal energy throughout the unit. If a leak develops in this line, it can drain refrigerant levels to the point that not enough heat can be carried to the interior unit to be circulated. If you see fluid dripping or pooling around your heat pump, you may have a refrigerant leak.

If you’re having problems with your heat pump, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. Our air conditioning repair services cover all of Los Angeles.

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