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Common Heat Pump Problems to Watch For

Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular, thanks to the unique advantages that they provide to homeowners. Just like any other system, however, they occasionally develop problems. The faster you can recognize problems with your heat pump, the faster you’ll be able to get them repaired and the more damage you’ll be able to prevent. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some common heat pump problems to watch out for.

Reversing Valve Issues

The reversing valve is the part of the heat pump that makes it possible for the system to change the direction its refrigerant flows. Without it, a heat pump would be just a regular air conditioner. Occasionally, the slide inside the valve can get stuck in one position, limiting the flow of refrigerant to one direction. If your heat pump is stuck in either heating or cooling mode, that’s a sure sign that you have a reversing valve problem.

Ice on the Coil

Ice buildup on your heat pump coil, especially during the summer, is a sign that your coil is malfunctioning. Either there isn’t enough airflow getting to the coil, or the refrigerant level in the coil itself is low. Either way, you’re going to want to address this as soon as possible. If the ice isn’t removed, it can warp the coil and spread to other systems.

Refrigerant Leaks

This is something to watch for with all air conditioning systems. The heat pump relies on refrigerant to siphon heat from one place and move it to another. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will drain the system of refrigerant and eventually cause it to break down. If you see liquid dripping from your heat pump, or hear hissing and gurgling noises coming from it, you may have a refrigerant leak.

If you need heat pump repairs, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We serve all of Chevy Chase, MD.