A heat pump is undeniably attractive for homeowners who are looking for efficient units to keep their home comfortable throughout the year. For it to work properly, it undergoes continuous refrigerant cycles which reverses to provide both heating and cooling in your home.
Since refrigerant is an important component of your heat pump, any unnecessary issue concerning it is a great concern to your unit’s operation. Take the case of a leaking refrigerant which many homeowners are not aware of. If you suspect a refrigerant leak in your system, here are the signs that you need to check to confirm the situation:
- Frozen Evaporator Coil
A leaking refrigerant causes icing in the heat pump’s evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing heat, but if your unit is low on refrigerant because of leaks, the coil might lose its ability to absorb heat and eventually freezes up. Unfortunately, icing issues cannot be solved by simply scraping the ice; you need to get to the root of the issue. You need to call an HVAC contractor to identify and seal the leaks.
- Odd Noises
Any odd sound that you hear in your heat pump is an indication of an issue. For leaking refrigerants, you will hear a gurgling noise. This is the sound of trapped air bubbles when the outside air leaks in and the refrigerant flow out. At this rate, your heat pump has a dangerously low level of refrigerant, so we suggest you do not delay the needed repair.
- Poor Performance
The low refrigerant level can put too much stress on the components of your heat pump specifically in the compressor. It will make your system work harder in generating heat for your home, especially if there is ice formation in the coils. If this continues, you will notice a drastic increase in your energy consumption.
- Dripping Liquid
Another indication of a refrigerant leak is the pool of liquid under your heat pump. Refrigerant leaks show more like a drip because the refrigerant itself evaporates fast. So if you see water dripping, we suggest you call for an expert’s help immediately.
Simply put, your heat pump will not function properly with a low refrigerant level. If you experience any of these issues at the start of the cold season, do not hesitate to talk to our experts at Webb Air Conditioning. We can help you fix HVAC concerns fast and right. Give us a call now!