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A heat pump can offer you the best of both worlds. This device keeps your home cozy in the winter and cool during the summer. Getting a heat pump installed can help reduce your monthly HVAC costs. Heat pumps work in all seasons, so maintenance is critical. IERNA’s has expert technicians who install and repair heat pumps. They can answer any questions you may have about them.

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What Is a Heat Pump

A heat pump is just what it sounds like: it’s an appliance that pumps warm air into your home in the winter. In the summer, it pumps warm air out of your house. This process is simple but extremely effective.

Heat pumps first gained popularity decades ago. The earliest models struggled to operate in extreme temperatures. These issues were resolved over time to allow modern heat pumps to work in various conditions.

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Do Heat Pumps Need Servicing?

Like all HVAC systems, heat pumps require routine servicing to maintain peak efficiency. Regular maintenance helps prevent damage to the heat pump’s internal components. The fact that heat pumps operate year-round—since they fulfill the role of a heater and an air conditioner—means routine maintenance is essential.

What Can Happen Without Proper Maintenance

Without regular service, a heat pump can require up to 10% or 20% more power to operate at normal capacity. A lack of heat pump maintenance can also make it more prone to malfunctions and failures. Here are some of the issues you may face if you don’t have a properly maintained heat pump.

  • Insufficient Heat — Not having enough, or any, heat is a byproduct of internal components failing. The problem could be as simple as a bad thermostat or something more severe.
  • Cold Air — When turned on to provide warmth, the heat pump may only blow out cold air. If the air is too chilly, that’s a clear indication you need heat pump repair. However, keep in mind that the air coming from your vents that heat pumps produce may not feel as warm as the air furnaces produce. 
  • Turning On and Off — Does your heat pump cycle off and on all the time? If so, it could be a thermostat or an air filter problem. Those are the first two things to check. If neither appears to be the problem, contact an HVAC technician for assistance.
  • Strange Noises — Heat pumps aren’t supposed to make much noise when they operate. If yours is making a lot of noise, something has gone wrong. The problem area will determine the sound produced. For example, belts might squeal and covers might rattle.

Heat Pump Maintenance

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Once your heat pump is installed, it’s time to consider maintenance options. Heat pumps are like air conditioners in that they benefit from regular maintenance. With help from the skilled technicians from IERNA’s, maintaining your heat pump is a piece of cake.


These are the top three benefits of performing routine heat pump maintenance.

  • Increased Energy Efficiency — Heat pumps that receive routine maintenance require 10% to 20% less energy than those that don’t.
  • Longer Lifespan — Heat pumps are durable but will break down if not maintained. Regular maintenance can increase your heat pump’s lifespan by up to several years.
  • Cost Savings — HVAC repairs can be expensive. Maintaining your heat pump is a great way to reduce maintenance and repair costs.

What to Expect at a Heat Pump Tune-Up

Our technicians will begin by inspecting your unit. This will help us make sure your unit is ready for any kind of weather. Once we’re finished checking everything, we’ll let you know what we discovered and what steps to take from there.

Here’s what we check during every heat pump tune-up:

  • Inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Inspect coils
  • Lubricate motors
  • Inspect belts
  • Service electrical parts
  • Testing safety controls
  • Airflow check
  • Check thermostat
  • Heat Pump

Heat Pump Repair

Even with the best maintenance, eventually, heat pumps need repairs. Thankfully, it’s easy to tell when a heat pump is malfunctioning or failing. Here are some signs you should be on the lookout for.

  • Frozen heat pump
  • Constantly running
  • Not blowing correctly based on mode (*cold air when heating, vice versa)
  • Smells
  • Noises
  • Uneven heat distribution
  • Short cycling

If you notice any of these signs, give us a call. Our technicians can fix your broken heat pump promptly.

What Can Cause a Heat Pump to Stop Working?

Heat pumps can have problems with various internal components. You might now always notice a sign that it’s going to fail. You may find that your heat pump isn’t working without any indication at all.

Here are some of the most common component problems that cause heat pumps to fail.

  • Thermostat
  • Fan settings
  • Blocked registers
  • Dirty coil
  • Broken belt
  • Loose parts
  • Defective Reversing Valve 

Many of these issues are detected during regular maintenance. Unfortunately, components can sometimes stop working without any sign of deterioration.

Is the Heat Pump Worth Repairing?

In most cases, it’s a good idea to consider repairs. Heat pumps can often be repaired at a reasonable price. Once a heat pump gets older, though, repair costs rise. You have to decide whether it’s worth continuing with repairs or if replacement is a more cost-effective option.

Here are some of the factors you should consider before making that decision.

  • Under 10 years — If your heat pump is under 10 years old, it’s usually worth repairing. Heat pumps can last longer than ten years with regular maintenance.
  • Inexpensive service — The repair cost will depend on the component’s cost and how long it takes to repair it. It could be cheaper to repair than to replace, depending on the extent of the damage.

Covered under warranty — New heat pumps come with warranties. If your system is still under warranty, your technician will be able to help you determine if it would be cost-effective to fix the heat pump.

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Why Choose IERNA’s for Heat Pump Maintenance and Repairs?

IERNA’s provides high-quality services to homeowners in the areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, FL. We’ve built a reputation for providing dependable services at a reasonable price.

A Heat Pump for Your Home

Heat pumps are superior to traditional HVAC systems in many ways. They’re becoming more popular every year. They provide heating and cooling without wasting a lot of energy. As long as you remember to provide heat pump repair and maintenance, they can last you a long time. Contact our team today to book a maintenance, repair, or installation service for your heat pump.

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