As we move further into fall, you’re probably going to start relying on your heat pump more and more often to keep comfortable. The more you use your heat pump, the more likely it will be for problems to crop up over time. The faster you can get these problems repaired, the better shape your heat pump will be in. Let’s take a look at some of the problems your heat pump can run into, and when you need to call for repairs.
Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your heat pump. It is the fluid that enables the system to move heat from one place to the other. Without it, your heat pump would be unable to heat or cool your home, and eventually break down. So, refrigerant leaks are a serious threat to the system. A refrigerant leak will cause a drop in output, as the amount of refrigerant available to the system decreases. It can also cause the coil inside the heat pump to freeze over, which creates other problems. If you notice liquid leaking from your heat pump, or ice forming on the coil, call for repairs right away.
Broken Reversing Valve
The reversing valve is what allows the heat pump to change the direction of the refrigerant flow in its system. Without it, the heat pump would be little more than an air conditioner. If the reversing valve becomes stuck, either because of an obstruction or a problem with the solenoid, the heat pump will no longer be able to switch between heating and cooling modes. If your heat pump seems to be stuck in one mode, it is almost certainly because of a problem with your reversing valve. Call for repairs if this happens to you.
If you need heat pump repairs, call Saddleback Plumbing. We serve all of Orange County, CA