Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

Why Is My Heat Pump Frozen?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

iceAccording to the calendar, we really should be looking to warmer temperatures before long. Before long may not seem soon enough after another long, cold winter, though, and the fact is that we live in New England. That means that you can never be too comfortable regarding what the weather should have in store for you. That is also why any problems with your heating system, even this late into the season, are of such serious concern to homeowners.

If you use a heat pump to heat your home, then one issue that you may encounter is an iced up outdoor unit. There is good and bad news as pertains to this situation. The good news is that some icing up of the heat pump’s outdoor unit is not only normal, but expected. The bad news? It may not necessarily be indicative of the type of icing that is to be expected. As always,  it is best to schedule prompt heating repairs in Bristol, CT if you suspect a problem with your system.

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Radiant vs. Forced Air Heating: Pros and Cons

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

radiant-in-floor-heatingThere are obviously some areas in this country where winter weather is very mild, and homeowners in those areas may be forgiven for giving their heating systems less thought than their air conditioners. This is definitely not the case here in Connecticut, though. Our winters are way too cold and way too long to take any chances when it comes to choosing our home heating systems. If you are thinking about replacing your heater, or if you are going to need one installed in a new construction project, we have some information for you.

Chances are that you are going to be narrowing down your heating options between forced air heaters and radiant heating systems. Like any type of system, both forced air and radiant heaters have their pros and cons. To guarantee your overall satisfaction with your heating in Hartford, CT, you’re going to need to weigh the pros and cons of both and make your decision carefully. We’re always here to help, so give us a call with any further questions that you may have.

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Is a Heat Pump the Heater for Me?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

efficient-homeThat depends. Are you interested in improved energy efficiency? How about convenience? If so, then sure, a heat pump may be for you. There are a lot of factors to consider, of course, and the fact is that not every heater is right for every homeowner. After all, if that were the case then we would only need one type of heating system! So how do you know if the heat pump is the right option for your home? You turn to the experts for guidance.

In today’s post, we are going to help you better understand the benefits of using a heat pump to heat your home. We’ll also talk about some of the concerns surrounding heat pumps. Ultimately, the type of HVAC system you use in your home is entirely up to you. Should you require any additional information in order to make an informed decision that you are comfortable with, be sure to dial our number for further assistance. 

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Cut Down on Heating Costs with a Heat Pump!

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Winters in this part of the country can really be hard on our heating systems. Of course, they can also be hard on our budgets. Are you interested in heating your home with improved energy efficiency?

If so, then you may want to consider using a heat pump in Southington, CT. Heat pumps are among the most efficient of all home heating systems. Read on, and let us know if you are ready to start heating your home in a more affordable manner!

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Why Should I Cool My House with a Heat PUmp?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Do you have a newly constructed property in need of a new air conditioning system? Are you thinking about replacing your old and ailing air conditioner with something new? Whatever the case may be, know that you can count on our professional technicians to handle your air conditioning replacement in Bristol, CT with the skill and expertise that such an important job demands. We take your comfort and your 100% satisfaction with the services that we provide very seriously. When you work with the pros on our staff, you can be certain of getting the best performance possible from your new AC. One system that we recommend you give some serious consideration is the heat pump.

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Is a Heat Pump the Best Option for Your Home Comfort?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Heat pumps have become increasingly common in Connecticut and throughout New England, and in many cases they are an excellent means of solving your heating and cooling problems. They operate on the same heat transfer principle as regular air conditioners: using refrigerant to absorb heat from the air in your home, then venting that heat outdoors. However, they can also reverse their operation in order to use heat in the air outside in order to bring warmth into your home during the heating season. It’s a fairly ingenious system, and in towns like Hartford, CT, heat pump technology may provide solutions that other HVAC systems cannot. Is a heat pump the best option for your home comfort? It depends. Contact Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions that you may have. 

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Should My Heat Pump’s Outdoor Unit Be Running in Winter?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

It may seem like a strange sight–it’s cold, but your outdoor heat pump unit appears to be working. You may think, isn’t that just for summertime? With an air-source heat pump, the answer is no.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

The reason the outdoor unit of your heat pump is on during the winter is this: it is absorbing the heat in the surrounding air for your home. It may seem incredulous that cold air can have heat, but it does. Your heat pump, with the help of the refrigerant in the system, absorbs this heat and then concentrates it. Once the heat is concentrated, it is distributed to your home’s living spaces. During the summer, the opposite happens: your heat pump, with the help of the refrigerant, absorbs the heat inside your home and transfers it outside. Heat pumps don’t generate heat; they simply transfer it from one location to another, using refrigerant to facilitate the transfer. This is why you’ll see your heat pump’s outdoor unit operate during the winter months.

How Does a Heat Pump Heat?

The key to a heat pump offering both heating and cooling is a component called a reversing valve. This valve changes the flow of the refrigerant in the system, which is how the heat pump can offer two modes of operation. As the homeowner, the switch from heating to cooling is very easy: simply push a button on your dual-mode thermostat – the heat pump does the rest.

Common Problems with Heat Pumps

If you don’t see your heat pump’s outdoor unit working for a long period of time, there may be a problem with the system. One of the more common problems with any heat pump system is the development of refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks can develop in multiple locations, making them difficult to find; additionally, only certified technicians can handle refrigerant, so it’s important to call for a technician should a refrigerant leak develop in your system.

A second common problem that can develop with heat pumps is low air flow. This is usually due to a clogged air filter. It’s recommended that you change the air filter in your system every 3 months to keep your air filter functional.

If you see the outdoor unit of your heat pump in Wethersfield work during the winter, don’t worry – that’s what it should be doing. But should you run into problems with your heat pump this winter, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a service appointment for professional heat pump repair service.

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How the Reversing Valve Allows a Heat Pump to Heat and Cool

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

One of the biggest benefits of owning a heat pump system is that a heat pump offers both heating and cooling. With a heat pump system, you can streamline your heating and cooling with one system instead of two; for many homeowners, this is very advantageous. The key question we hear frequently is: how does a heat pump do both? The answer is a component called a reversing valve. If you have a heat pump in Wethersfield, you have a reversing valve, and understanding how this component works will help you understand how a heat pump can both heat and cool your home.

The Reversing Valve

The reversing valve has two electrical settings: excited and relaxed. The valve manufacturer sets which state stands for heating and which stands for cooling, so there can be variations between valves, depending on the brand you purchase. However, once a state is set for a specific operation – either heating or cooling – the other state setting is always going to be the other operation. The way the valve physically changes from one state to the other is by a sliding mechanism inside the valve that changes the directional flow of the refrigerant. A small electrical component called a solenoid helps push the slide when cued by your thermostat. As the valve slides, the refrigerant changes direction, and as such, the mode.

Common Problems with Reversing Valve

As a mechanical device, the reversing valve can experience some problems:

  • Bad solenoid – the solenoid has two small wires that can fray or corrode. Should this happen, the solenoid may malfunction and be unable to help slide the valve. Typically when a solenoid fails it is replaced.
  • Refrigerant leak – refrigerant leaks can develop inside the valve, and unfortunately, this can’t be repaired. If there is a refrigerant leak found inside your valve, the valve will need to be replaced.
  • Valve gets “stuck” – sometimes the reversing valve can get stuck in a mode or in between modes. If the solenoid is the cause, it can be replaced, but if the valve is stuck on its own, the valve will need to be replaced.

Heat pumps can be complex, and as such, require experts to conduct repair. If you are having problems with your heat pump, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for our heat pump repair service in Wethersfield.

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How Does a Heat Pump Provide Both Heating and Cooling?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Heat pumps are pretty ingenious devices, as they provide both heating and cooling, and use very little energy to do so. But the name “heat pump” can be confusing, leaving a homeowner to wonder how this device can both heat and cool a home. We’ll explain more about this below, but one of the most important things to keep in mind about heat pumps in Bristol is that. if you are considering the installation of one, or need repair or replacement, you should always hire experts. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has been installing, repairing, maintaining and replacing heat pumps for almost a decade, and we bring this experience to every job.

How Do Heat Pumps Heat and Cool?

Heat pumps can both heat and cool because they are made with a component called a reversing valve. This valve allows the heat pump to change the flow of refrigerant in the system, so it can operate in either cooling or heating mode. During the winter, in heating mode, the heat pump absorbs heat from the surrounding air, concentrates it in the heat exchanger and blows the air into your home. In the summer months, the heat pump removes the heat and humidity from your indoor air and transfers it to the outside. A heat pump doesn’t create heating or cooling; it simply transfers heat from one place to another, with the help of refrigerant. Heat pumps do not use fossil fuels, and use about 25% of the amount of electricity of a whole-home air conditioning system.

Other Benefits of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps also offer other benefits aside from being able to heat and cool your home:

  • Very “green” – as we mentioned above, heat pumps use no fossil fuels and very little electricity, making them very environmentally friendly.
  • Very comfortable heating and cooling – heat pumps operate at a low, continuous airflow, so the heating and cooling is gentle and comfortable.
  • Long lifespan – heat pumps have an average lifespan of 20-25 years, as compared to 10-12 for air conditioners and 15-20 for heating systems.

Heat pumps can be a great option for your home, but the best way to determine if a heat pump is a good choice for you is to work with a trained specialist. Call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our experts to see if a heat pump for your Bristol home is right for you.

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