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Common Heating Repairs for Every HVAC System

Needing to schedule HVAC repairs is common no matter what type of heating or air conditioning system you have. We are highlighting some heat repair needs for each different HVAC system. No matter which one you have, you can keep reading to learn more so that you can easily identify HVAC problems early on and get them addressed before they become major issues.

Then, give our team called to schedule air conditioning or heater repair in Mooresville. Staying on top of service is the best way to keep a relatively minor HVAC problem from turning into a major emergency. 

Heat Pumps and ACs

Common repair needs with a heat pump include: 

  • Refrigerant leaks
  • Reversing valve problems
  • Icy coils 

Air conditioners experience each of these problems except for those with the reversing valve. ACs and heat pumps are very similar, but the reversing valve is exclusive to heat pumps. Both heat pumps and AC units use refrigerant. 

Your heat pump is using refrigerant year-round to both heat and cool your home. Adequate refrigerant levels are necessary for keeping your home warm. A refrigerant leak leads to low refrigerant levels and can also pose risks for your home and family. Refrigerant leaks need to be repaired quickly and refrigerant levels recharged. 

Refrigerant leaks also lead to an increased risk of ice developing on the evaporator coils inside your home. Winter operation means that the ice can also develop on the condenser coils on the outdoor portion of a heat pump. Although there is a defroster mechanism to prevent ice from developing, it’s possible for it to malfunction. 

The reversing valve is what allows your heat pump to switch between heating and cooling modes all within the same system. Over time, this mechanism can wear down and need to be repaired or replaced. This is a common problem as heat pumps get older.


Common furnace repairs include:

  • Igniter or heating element problems
  • Faulty sensors
  • Broken blower motor

If you have a gas furnace, it uses an igniter to produce heat. If you have an electric furnace, it has heating elements that warm up and transfer heat into the air. Either of these components can malfunction and stop producing heat or produce less heat than normal. When this happens, your furnace may still turn on and blow air out into your home, but the air will not be warm enough to increase the temperature.

If you notice that your furnace is turning on and off frequently or not completing heating cycles the way it should, faulty sensors could be to blame. For example, a flame sensor may malfunction and prevent your furnace from turning on for a heating cycle or running long enough to complete the heating cycle all the way through.

If your furnace is turning on and heating up but there’s no airflow coming out of the vents, the blower motor may be a problem. It’s also possible that airflow is blocked somewhere in the system and preventing air from reaching the walls of your home. 

If there are airflow problems, it’s always a good idea to have our technicians check out your furnace and make sure the blower motor is operational. Otherwise, heat gets trapped in the system and overheats, which can do a lot of damage to your furnace.

No matter what problems you suspect with the heater in your home, it is important to get them checked out sooner rather than later. Otherwise, a small problem could turn into a big one that leaves lasting damage to your unit.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for air conditioning service.

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