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Heating Questions Answered – Plus 1 Tip That Could Save Your Life!

homeowner-300x224Temperatures are slated to drop into the 40’s in Atlanta over the next week or so, so we figured it was a good time to talk about some miscellaneous heating issues we often hear about from customers.

What’s That Noise Coming From the Heat Pump?

If you have a heat pump, chances are you’ll be switching it over to its heating function as things cool off in the area. We often get calls this time of year from customers who want to know why their heat pump is suddenly generating a lot of noise during operation.

The answer to this one is fairly simple: heat pumps come with a defrost cycle equipped, designed to help remove any frost that may have built up on the coil. When frost conditions occur, as they may in the next month or so, your heat pump will automatically enter a defrosting cycle which essentially reverses the heat pump’s cycle temporarily. Basically what happens during the defrosting cycle is that the heat pump temporarily reverts to its “cooling” setting, as it would be performing during the summer, which then warms the outdoor coil enough to melt the frost away before reverting to normal heating function.

Typical defrost cycles for heat pumps will stop the outdoor fan from turning while the heat pump switches to defrosting mode, then allow the coil to reach a temperature of about 57 degrees. Once the heat pump detects that the frost is gone, it reverts to a normal heating function.

So if you notice your heat pump making an awful racket when its particularly cold outside this winter, never fear – chances are it’s just defrosting itself so it can continue to do its job of heating your home!

Have You Checked Your Heat Exchanger Lately? Your Life Could Depend On It!

If you have a furnace in your home, we can’t stress enough that you get it checked out as soon as possible before heating season is fully in effect in Atlanta. Of course there are benefits to energy efficiency when you have your furnace and heating system checked out by an R.S. Andrews technician, but the reason we’re mentioning this now is because of how important it is that you get your heat exchanger inspected by a certified professional to ensure it is free of cracks.

A cracked heat exchanger can release carbon monoxide into your home, which can be deadly. If a heating technician finds a crack in your heat exchanger during an inspection, they will advise you on whether the heat exchanger itself can be replaced of if they recommend replacing the entire furnace. R.S. Andrews technicians will always work with you find the best option for your financial situation and your home’s needs, so if you haven’t had your furnace inspected yet this season, now is the time!

Your best bet, as always, is to sign up for the Smiley Advantage Plan – you’ll not only be covered when it comes to your furnace and heating, but you’ll also ensure that your home’s plumbing and air conditioning systems are receiving the care and protection they need. Plus, you’ll get great benefits all year long, like 10% off repairs! Give us a call today to discuss the best options for protecting your family and your home this winter – we’re happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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