Heat pumps develop the occasional problem, just like any other climate control system. If you are using a heat pump to keep warm this winter, you should keep an eye out for the signs that your system is in need of repair. The faster you can identify a problem with your heat pump, the faster you can have it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your heat pump needs repair.
If you see fluid of any kind leaking or pooling around your heat pump, you should call for repairs right away. A heat pump system evaporates and condenses refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. It does not generate any heat on its own. Without this refrigerant, the heat pump wouldn’t be able to keep the home warm. A leak in the refrigerant line will drain the system, leading to all sorts of problems and culminating in the entire heat pump breaking down. The leak needs to be sealed immediately and the refrigerant recharged back to proper levels to continue operation.
As we have discussed in a previous blog, ice builds up on the heat pump as a side effect of normal operation. As the air temperature around the heat pump drops and condensate forms on the coil, ice will occasionally form. Normally, the heat pump will use a defrost cycle to get rid of any ice buildup. If the cycle malfunctions, though, you may have a problem. If your heat pump coil is mostly covered in ice, call for repairs just to be safe.
If your heat pump is in need of repairs of any kind, call Switzerland Air. We offer a full range of heat pump services throughout Lake Jackson, TX.