Heat pumps are just as susceptible to issues as any other heating system during the winter. However, they tend to experience a different range of problems due to their construction. If you’re a heat pump owner, you need to be aware of some of these problems so that you can call for repairs promptly. Read on for an outline of a couple of the more common problems heat pumps experience during the winter.
Ice often builds up on the outside unit of the heat pump during winter. As the heat pump siphons thermal energy from the surrounding air, the temperature drops and condensation forms on the coil. The condensation then freezes due to the temperature drop, and forms ice. The heat pump normally has a defrost cycle to get rid of ice buildup, but if that malfunctions the system could develop other issues. Call for repairs if your unit is more than half-covered in ice.
Heat pumps heat a home by evaporating refrigerant in the outside unit. This absorbs thermal energy from the surrounding air. Then, the refrigerant gas is condensed by the inside unit to release heat into the home. If your system develops a refrigerant leak, it will slowly drain the system of the fluid that it needs in order to operate. Eventually, the low refrigerant level will cause the heat pump to malfunction and break down. So if you have reason to suspect that your system has a refrigerant leak, call for repairs as quickly as possible. Possible indicators of a refrigerant leak include drops in output and hissing or gurgling sounds during operation.
If your heat pump is in need of repairs, call Speedy Air Conditioning Service. We offer heat pump repair services throughout Jensen Beach, FL.