When to Service a Heat Pump - ACDirect

When to Service a Heat Pump

Swimming pool and hot water heat pumps are an excellent addition to any home, particularly those looking to cut power costs while still enjoying the simple comforts of having a steady supply of hot water whenever you need it. However, like any appliance, heat pumps will eventually start to lose their effectiveness through consistent use. Knowing how to spot these problems as they occur will enable you to take action while issues are minor, allowing you to avoid the need for heat pump repairs.


Let’s take a closer look:


Refrigerant Leaks or Dirty Coils


If you have started to notice a build-up of ice along the indoor or outdoor evaporating coils, the problem likely points to a refrigerant leak. This needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible, and should always be handled by an air conditioner technician.
This could also point to a problem with an overly dirty condenser coil, and as such, is unable to provide adequate heat absorption. If this is the case, the condenser needs to be removed by a technician and cleaned.


Capacitors & Motors


Trouble with capacitors and motors are generally heralded by strange clicking and grinding noises coming from the heat pump cabinet. Clicking usually means that one of the capacitors is about to fail, and needs to be replaced as soon as possible, while grinding generally points to a lack of lubricant in the motor, which is soon going to burn out.


The Reversing Valve


When the reversing valve fails you might find that your heat pump gets stuck in a single mode, either heating or cooling. This is because the valve usually allows the refrigerant to change the flow of direction, but if damaged, is unable to do so.


Contact AC Direct for Heat Pump Repairs


If you are in need of heat pump repairs from an air conditioning company that you can rely on, feel free to get into contact with a representative from AC Direct today, or visit our website for additional information on our offers.

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