If you think your heat pump is smoking, it’s probably not! Though it may appear that your heat pump is smoking, what you’re probably seeing is just steam.
To calm your fears that a house fire may be brewing, it helps to familiarize yourself with the “nuts and bolts” of the system. To start, knowing how the equipment works can help you rest easy and won’t have you jumping to call in the local fire department, unless it’s a real emergency!
My Heat Pump is Smoking Steaming
A heat pump defrosts much like your refrigerator. Condensation and cold air can cause the outer casing to develop a thin layer of frost. Fortunately, the heat pump has a defrost feature to keep frost from building up and creating larger problems.
During the defrost cycle, the heat pump warms up to melt off frost, which is then released as steam.Once the cycle is complete, the steam will clear and your heat pump will look normal.
Your heat pump shouldn’t need to defrost very often (especially in a mild Arizona winter). If you’re seeing the heat pump steam often, it might mean something more serious. To be sure, call John’s to schedule a heating inspection.Your heat pump works hard year round, heating and cooling your home. To keep your system working at its best, be sure to:
- Check and change your air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your system work harder, causing extra wear and tear.
- Have regular preventative maintenance done by a professional to fix small problems before they become big.
When you take the time to conduct basic care and schedule professional maintenance checks, your heat pump will run more efficiently and you can prevent more costly repairs.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your heat pump, call John’s to learn more.