If you are feeling like you are having some problems with your heat pump, the smartest thing to do is call a professional technician to get help. If you are having problems and not sure what they are, then you are in luck. Hal Mechanical wants to go over a few signs that are connected to a problem with a refrigerant leak from the heat pump.
Loud AC Noises
If you have a refrigerant leak you will start hearing hissing, bubbling, or gurgling sounds when the heat pump is running. You will hear these types of sounds because when air gets into the line then it will create these types of sounds. If you are hearing any of these sounds from your heat pump then you need to call a professional right away because you have a leak.
High Energy Bill
If your heat pump is struggling then you will start getting an increase in energy bills. The heat pump will end up using more electricity to compensate for the refrigerant. It also will make the system strain which can directly affect the compressor and other parts of a heat pump causing it to break down or work harder increasing energy bills.
Short Cycling Air Conditioner
When you have a refrigerant leak and there is not enough refrigerant then your heat pump will start to short cycle. This happens because it cannot complete its heating or cooling cycle. If this is happening, you will notice that the pump will turn on or off even when it is not at the set temperatures.
Liquid Starts to Pool Under Heat Pump
It is important that you check the heat pump for any signs of refrigerant leaks. If you notice any pooling liquid under the heat pump then that is a clear indicator that you have a refrigerant leak. Call a technician to come to inspect your heat pump and refill the refrigerant once it is fixed.
Evaporator Coils are Frozen
If you notice that there is any ice on your evaporator coils then this is a huge sign there is a refrigerant leak. The evaporator coils absorb the heat and when it loses its ability to do this then it starts to form ice on the coils. It is best to call a professional to come to figure out the root cause and then just keep trying to remove the ice from the coils.
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If you are having any of these problems with your heat pump and think it is a refrigerant leak, then give Hal Mechanical a call. We will come out and figure out what is going on with your heat pump and fix it. It is always better to get it inspected to figure out what the underlying problem is than to just leave it alone.