Loud and jarring sounds can be both distracting and irritating, and when your heat pump makes them, you can only groan in frustration. It is not possible to ignore these sounds, and living with them is not a feasible option. Above all, the heat pump sounds are a sign of trouble because these revolutionary heating and cooling systems are made for silent performance. If you have landed on this page, you are either going through this problem or have in the past. Needless to say, the reason does not matter as long as you learn about the three approaches to make your heat pump quieter.
All Sounds Are Not Concerning
Even the quietest of HVAC systems are not always quiet. Long working hours result in wear and tear of internal components, which, in turn, lead to sounds. Sometimes the sound is not entirely of the heating and cooling system’s making. It might be produced as a result of the ducts expanding and contracting. Therefore, it is essential to understand; all sounds are not bad. For example, the low humming noise is natural, and so is the popping sound when the heat pump starts and stops its operations. The key is to discern which sounds are not natural. As we said in the beginning, the loud and disturbing sounds should be your concern.
Three Approaches For A Quieter Heat Pump
As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to ensure that your heat pump works as soundlessly as possible. The top three approaches are:
1. Regular Maintenance Of The Heat Pump – First and foremost, discard the thought that maintenance is just a tactic employed by HVAC contractors and technicians to mint money. Maintenance is an evil necessity, courtesy of which your heating and cooling system work almost flawlessly. It does not guarantee that nothing will go wrong, but it does ensure that the usual problems do not disrupt your comfort. These usual troubles caused by wear and tear, corrosion, etc., are also responsible for some of the sounds that the heat pump makes.
In maintenance, the loose parts are tightened so there are no rattling or banging sounds, lubrication is applied to get rid of whining and screeching sounds, and so on. Hence, if you get the bi-annual servicing of your heat pump done, there is no reason why these sounds should disturb you or your family.
2. Change Air Filters Regularly – A critical requirement for every heating and cooling system’s efficient and silent operations is air’s free and unrestricted flow. Many of us forget that for this reason, it is essential to keep an eye on the condition of the air filter. Often they go unchanged for months, during which they become completely clogged and prevent the air from moving freely to the heat pump. When that happens, the unit starts to operate under strain, which results in malfunctions and consequently the sounds.
Swapping out the air filters timely, month after month is the best way to ensure that your heat pump is not working under any kind of unwarranted strain. We recommend that you should change the flat filter every month and the pleated filter once a quarter. Nevertheless, there is a stipulation. If you have allergies or keep pets, you should change out the air filter more often.
3. Call The HVAC Technician As Soon As There Is An Unnatural Occurrence – Your heat pump is hidden from view. Therefore, you won’t be able to see any visible changes when a problem starts building. Most probably, you will feel the difference, or the heat pump will start making some noise. Initially, the sound will be low intensity, but as the magnitude of the problem increases, so will the decibel of the sound. Consequently, allowing the problem to fester until the situation becomes unbearable is not an ideal thing to do. The best-case scenario is to call the HVAC technician at the first sign of trouble. This way, issues are caught and rectified in their infancy before they cause any discomfort or disruption of comfort.
Some sounds that are not normal and point towards an internal problem in the heat pump are:
1. Buzzing Sound – a sign of electrical troubles.
2. High-Pitched Squealing – a sign of motor problems.
3. Hissing Sound – a sign of air leak or a refrigerant leak.
There’s No Problem, But The Heat Pump Is Still Loud For My Taste
Some of us are sensitive to sound. If you too happen to be so, it’s nothing to be ashamed about. You can lower the noise made by the heat pump in two very effective ways:
1. Install Compressor Sound Blanket – Old compressors tend to be loud because they were made that way. Installing a sound blanket around it will reduce the noise. These blankets are made from noise reduction material and wrap around the compressor snugly.
2. Install Vibration Isolation Dampener – Some compressors tend to vibrate loudly. You can minimize this sound by installing a vibration isolation dampener.
If your heat pump is making noise, there is no need to be alarmed. First, try to determine whether it is indeed the heat pump that is the culprit. For all you may know, the sound could be coming from elsewhere. If you are sure the heat pump is the source, call a professional HVAC technician to look at it. But before doing that, ensure that the air filter is not clogged.
Aztil Air Conditioning can help the residents of South Florida deal with their heat pump problems. As we said, most problems can be identified and rectified during maintenance itself. So if you have not yet scheduled the maintenance of your unit, it’s time to do so now. We also do heat pump installation and repairs, so you don’t have to look for anyone else to meet the demands of your system. We are open 24/7, so give us a call anytime to book an appointment. You can reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452.