Heat pumps are a popular technology in Sebring, FL. The most common issue with heat pumps is low refrigerant because it affects performance. Read on to learn whether your heat pump has low refrigerant.

Icing

If the heat pump has leaks, ice will form over the evaporator coil. Since the refrigerant is responsible for heat absorption, low levels prevent the evaporator coil from absorbing heat. The hindrance causes the moisture on the coil to freeze. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help to scrape off the ice or allow it to melt. It’s best to hire an expert to seal the leak and fill the refrigerant.

Ineffective Performance

Low refrigerant puts extra strain on a heat pump’s components, especially the compressor. A low refrigerant level could also cause an increase in energy bills. The solution is to hire a heating repair expert to inspect your system, repair it and refill the refrigerant.

Leaking Heat Pump

The charge or level of refrigerant shouldn’t reduce over time. A telltale sign of low refrigerant levels is heat pump leaks that cause the system to lose refrigerant. The leaks that lead to low refrigerant levels happen at connector points.

You can quickly tell when your heat pump has leaks if you notice pooling liquid around it. You have a refrigerant leak if you see pooling, yet there’s no water source near the unit.

Gurgling Sound

Listen for loud gurgling noises from your heat pump if you suspect a refrigerant leak. Also listen for the sound of air bubbles that the heat pump produces as the refrigerant flows out. Ensure that you hire a professional to fix the issue.

Refrigerant leaks lead to several heat pump issues that affect its performance and lifespan. Regular maintenance can prevent or promptly address low refrigerant levels. Call Miller’s Central Air, Inc. for professional heat pump service and routine maintenance.

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