S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘heat pump repair’

How Are Heat Pumps Different from Standard Central ACs?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe best way to describe a heat pump to somebody who is unfamiliar with them is to explain that a heat pump is similar to an air conditioner—with the important difference that a heat pump can switch the direction it works so that it will also heat the interior of a house. An air conditioner operates by evaporating refrigerant indoors to absorb heat and then condensing the refrigerant outdoors to release heat. A heat pump can do that, but it can also reverse the process so it releases heat inside.

That’s the difference in how the two operate. But what is the difference in the actual systems? What allows a heat pump to be able to change the direction it runs with only a single adjustment on the thermostat? We’ll go into those details below.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Cooling Mode?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

heating-and-cooling-housesThe weather is still cool and rainy in Washington, but soon you’re going to switch your heat pump over to cooling mode for the warm middle of the year. What if that first hot day arrives and you find you aren’t getting cooling from the heat pump when you turn it on? Don’t worry, we’ll go through some of the possible reasons for this, and what to do about them. We’re here to help with any heat pump services in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding areas.

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