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3 Most Common Heat Pump Repairs You’ll Face

One of the best ways to stay ahead of problems is to be aware of what could happen and take preventative action. You can do this with your heat pump by understanding the three most common repairs that we see and the signs of each one.

When you schedule a heat pump repair in New Haven, IN at the earliest sign of a heat pump malfunction, you can prevent additional damage that leads to even more expensive repairs. Keep reading to learn more about three of the most common heat pump problems so you can identify the signs early and schedule service before your heat pump stops working completely.

Reversing Valve

The reversing valve is one of the first repairs that comes to mind when we think about heat pumps. That’s because the reversing valve is what sets a heat pump apart from other air conditioning systems. With separate heaters and air conditioners, when you change the setting on your thermostat one system shuts off while the other system turns on. 

When you have a heat pump and change the settings on your thermostat, it signals for the reversing valve to move refrigerant in the opposite direction. It is very normal for this reversing valve to wear down over time and need to be replaced. If this happens to your heat pump, don’t worry too much. It’s usually a very simple thing to fix and doesn’t cost a lot.

Evaporator and Condenser Coils

We also make a lot of repairs to evaporator and condenser coils. It’s not that anything is particularly wrong, but lack of airflow or a refrigerant leak can increase the likelihood that ice develops on coils. When you have a heat pump, you have the added risk of ice developing on the condenser coils which are located on the outdoor portion of your unit. 

You don’t have the same issue with an air conditioner since refrigerant is not cycling through in the winter when it is cold outside. But with a heat pump, refrigerant continues cycling to bring heat into your home year-round. Although there are mechanisms in place to help prevent ice from developing, sometimes these mechanisms fail and we have to make repairs.

Refrigerant Leaks

It’s a problem if you have a refrigerant leak in your heat pump for a few reasons. First, without adequate refrigerant charge your heat pump will not be able to keep up with heating and cooling your home. Indoor temperatures may not be as comfortable as you would like.

But refrigerant is also a dangerous chemical. It is completely safe as long as it remains in the air tight lines of your heat pump. But when it leaks out it can pose hazards to your health and home, not to mention the environment as well. An easy way to identify refrigerant leak is by listening for hissing or bubbling sounds.

True Comfort, True Savings. The team at Colliers Comfort is here to serve you. Schedule an appointment today for heat pump service.

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