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Do I Need to Top Off the Refrigerant in My Heat Pump?

Heat pumps are a rapidly growing portion of the heating market, due to the variety of unique advantages that they offer to homeowners. However, they’re also very different in terms of construction and operation than traditional heating systems. This leads to some confusion among homeowners with heat pumps as to how these systems work. Now, you don’t have to know exactly how everything works in order to operate your heat pump. However, it’s helpful to know a little about it. Let’s take a look at refrigerant, and how it makes your heat pump work.

The Role of Refrigerant

Refrigerant is not a single fluid, but a catch-all term for all the different chemical fluids used to transfer heat. The heat pump is comprised of two units, one installed inside and one installed outside, connected by power and refrigerant lines. Depending on the mode it’s in, one of the heat pump units will evaporate refrigerant to absorb heat from the surrounding air. The refrigerant gas will then be sent down the refrigerant line to be condensed in the other coil. This releases heat into the other space, whether it’s the home or outside.

Refrigerant is not consumed by the heat pump at any point. It’s simply cycled back and forth between gas and liquid form to move heat. The only time that the refrigerant level in the heat pump would drop would be due to a leak in the refrigerant line. This can cause the heat pump to rapidly decline in effectiveness, eventually leading to a breakdown. Call for repairs as soon as you notice a leak of any kind in your heat pump system.

Call Speedy Air Conditioning Service if you need heat pump repairs. We offer a full range of heat pump services, including repair and maintenance, throughout Port St. Lucie, FL.

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