Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump’

6 Sounds Your Heat Pump Shouldn’t Make

Monday, July 10th, 2023

Heat pump systems should operate quietly. The only sound it should make is when it turns on and off and the gentle whoosh of air flowing from the vents. But every now and then, they’re likely to create some noise. 

However, this doesn’t mean that every sound it ever makes is normal. There are certain sounds that mean your heat pump in Colorado Springs is due for some attention from our professional HVAC technicians.

Although some of these noises will occur when you are already noticing poor performance from your heat pump, some of them could be an early warning sign. It’s important to pay attention to any unusual noises your heat pump makes to make sure a minor sound doesn’t turn into a major headache. Keep your ears peeled for any of these problematic noises.

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5 Signs You Need Heat Pump Repairs

Monday, January 9th, 2023

A heat pump is the workhorse of a home. It pulls double duty to cool and heat your home year-round. Because it works so hard in the winter, spring, summer, and fall, it’s important to know the signs your heat pump in Colorado Springs needs repair.

Luckily, just like with any major mechanical system, your heat pump gives some noticeable signals when it’s in distress. This is especially true for a heat pump that hasn’t been serviced twice a year on a regular basis. If you notice any of these problems with your heat pump, give us a call to schedule a heat pump repair.

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Comparing the Electric Furnace to the Heat Pump: Which Wins?

Monday, October 4th, 2021

heating-elementGas furnaces are the top choice for a home furnace in Colorado Springs, CO. They’re powerful, provide heat fast, and the price of natural gas makes them less expensive to run than many other heating systems. But gas furnaces have an important restriction: they need a natural gas line to run.

For homes without natural gas, the choice for central heating comes down to two choices: an electric furnace or a heat pump. Which is better?

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We Need to Talk About Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings as Well

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Heat pumps are vigorously created with SEER ratings in a similar fashion to air conditioners. Since they technically qualify as air conditioners as well as heaters, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The interesting part about this information, and why we decided to devote a whole blog post to it, is that these systems require a bit more efficiency calculating than an air conditioner.

Thnk about it. Your heat pump works all year round moving heat from one place to another, while your air conditioner only works on the hot summer days. A heat pump that’s not up to efficiency standards proposed by the government is going to cost you a lot more than an efficient air conditioner. Take it from your Colorado Springs, CO HVAC provider, this is not something to ignore!

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Get Geared Up for Summer With a New AC!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

air-conditioner-outdoor-unitWe totally get it—finding the perfect air conditioner for your home can be quite a large undertaking! There are just so many great options on the market, so how in the world do you even begin to choose?

Well, for one, you could always contact the experts on our team for AC installation in Colorado Springs, and two, you can keep reading below. We have outlined some of our favorite AC systems for you below!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

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Brrr! My Heat Pump Won’t Heat!

Monday, January 13th, 2020

We all know just how cold it is around here this time of year—temperatures just keep dropping and dropping and dropping! So, of course, if you’ve got a faulty heat pump on your hands, it’s really no wonder why you’re concerned!

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right spot. We’re well aware of the reasons why heat pumps stop heating, and below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more—and remember to schedule your heater repair in Colorado Springs with us!

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Heat Pumps Are Efficient Air Conditioning Alternatives

Monday, June 15th, 2015

When you are comparing air conditioning systems, you may look at a few of the key features of the systems that interest you. While the price and size of the system are vital, we feel that the efficiency rating deserves just as much attention. Checking the efficiency rating of an air conditioner is key to making sure you save money each summer for years to come. And one of the most efficient units available is the heat pump.

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3 Components of Heat Pumps That Make Them Different from ACs

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When describing how heat pumps work to people unfamiliar with them, it is easiest to compare them to air conditioners. The two systems operate in almost the same fashion, and they look identical on the outside to someone who doesn’t have professional HVAC knowledge. In essence, a heat pump is an air conditioning system that can switch the direction it moves heat. The outdoor and indoor coils can swap functions, so either coil can release or absorb heat depending on what the homeowner needs.

However, there are a few key internal differences in a heat pump that allows it to alter the direction of heat exchange. Below are three of these different components that set apart the dual-action of a heat pump from the single action of an air conditioner.

If you have a heat pump that needs service, or you are interested in heat pump installation, call the Colorado Springs, CO HVAC experts at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.

#1. The reversing valve

This is the essential piece that sets a heat pump apart from an air conditioner. The reversing valve is what permits the heat pump to move refrigerant in a different direction, so that it brings heat to the indoors instead of removing it to the outdoors. The reversing valve sits on the refrigerant line where it leaves the compressor, and depending on how it is set, it will either send the refrigerant to the outdoor coils or the indoor coils first.

#2. The suction line accumulator

When a heat pump operates in heating mode, it uses less refrigerant. The suction line accumulator, which is attached between the reversing valve and the compressor, stores the additional refrigerant when the heat pump switches over to heating and prevents it from re-entering the compressor.

#3. The crank-case heater

This heater sits atop the compressor and serves to protect the compressor from any cold refrigerant that could migrate back into it. The heater evaporators any liquid refrigerant still in the compressor and sends it back into the line so it will not cause damage to the compressor.

The staff at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning is glad to help you out with any problems you may have with your heat pump. We offer repairs, maintenance, and new installations. We have more than 40 years of experience keeping homes comfortable no matter the season.

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Is a Heat Pump Right for You?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Keeping your home comfortable throughout the year is a priority that you share with homeowners everywhere. The trouble that some homeowners encounter when it comes time to invest in new heating and air conditioning equipment is the simple fact that there are so many different options out there to choose from. If you want to ensure that your system is a perfect fit for your home and comfort preferences, call the pros at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll ensure that you find the right HVAC system for your needs. You may just find that a heat pump in Colorado Springs, CO is just what you’ve been looking for.

There are a lot of great heating and cooling systems on the market, but a heat pump can offer certain benefits that others do not. For starters, heat pumps are able to both heat and cool your home, allowing for year round comfort in one convenient package. This is possible thanks to the unique design of the heat pump, which features a reversing valve. This allows the system to reverse its refrigerant cycle, providing cooling in the summer and heating during the winter season.

Another great benefit of the heat pump is the incredible energy efficiency with which these systems operate. During the cooling cycle, a heat pump acts just like a traditional split central air conditioner. This means that it will pull in air from throughout the house, remove the heat, and recirculate that cool air to the farthest reaches of your home. During the winter, though, the heat pump actually makes use of ambient heat in the air outside. By utilizing this existing heat, even when the temperature outside is cold, your heat pump can heat your home with exceptional efficiency levels. In some cases, extreme cold may inhibit the heating operation of a heat pump, though, so make sure that you discuss the pros and cons with a trained professional.

If you think that installing a heat pump in Colorado Springs, CO is the right move for you, give Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning a call today.

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