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Be On the Lookout for These Heat Pump Problems

The best way to stay ahead of heat pump problems is by knowing the signs of common issues so that you can watch for them and give our team a call when you notice that something is wrong. Although heat pumps are known for being excellent heating and cooling systems, they do have problems from time to time.

When you do suspect that something is wrong with your heat pump, you can schedule an appointment with our team for a heat pump repair in Campbell County, WY. You can also keep reading to learn more about three common heat pump problems and the signs of each one.

1. Stuck Reversing Valve

This problem is unique to heat pumps. Other HVAC systems are separate heaters and air conditioners. Since a heat pump works as both a heater and an air conditioner within the same system, it has a reversing valve that allows it to switch between the two modes of operation.

The reversing valve can get dirty, lose lubrication, or simply wear down and break. Sometimes our team can clean the reversing valve and get it working again, but other times we do have to replace the component completely. Either way, it’s an easy fix to make if something goes wrong with the reversing valve.

2. Icy Coils

It’s common for ice to develop on the coils of a heat pump. This is especially true of the condenser coils that are located on the outdoor portion of your heat pump. As refrigerant cycles outside during the winter to absorb heat, ice can develop, blocking the lines from being able to adequately absorb heat the way they need to. 

Heat pumps do you have defroster mechanisms designed to sense when ice is developing and reverse the refrigerant cycle long enough to thaw out the coils. But sometimes these mechanisms fail to work the way they should. Our team can thaw out the frozen coils and get down to the root of the problem to prevent it from happening again.

3. Low Refrigerant Charge

A heat pump is very dependent on adequate refrigerant levels for both heating and cooling. Refrigerant is what moves through the lines to absorb heat and bring it inside for heating or channel it outside for cooling. If there’s a leak in your refrigerant lines then there won’t be enough of a charge to heat and cool your home. 

The result may be that cool or lukewarm air is blowing out of the vents in the wintertime when you have your thermostat set to heating. Your heat pump is still operating as it always does, but low refrigerant levels are preventing it from bringing in enough heat. First, our team needs to identify the source of the leak and repair the line. Then we have to recharge the refrigerant levels to restore the refrigerant that got lost during the leak. 

Schedule an appointment with the team at Climate Solutions, Inc. The trusted source for all your heating and cooling needs.

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