A heat pump is a common device in most Madison, VA homes. Just like air conditioners, heat pumps use refrigerant to operate. Here are ways to check for low levels and make sure your heat pump has adequate refrigerant for it to cool your home as it should.

Low Heating and Cooling Output

Adequate refrigerant in your heat pump is vital. It not only generates heat in winter but also cools the air in summer by reversing the flow. Whenever you notice a drop in the cooling output of your device, it’s a sign that your heat pump is low on refrigerant.

Pooling Liquid

Regular maintenance gives your technician an opportunity to inspect your equipment. If there’s no water source nearby, but you see pooling liquid, that could signal a leak.

Gurgling Sound

It’s obvious that unusual noises from your heat pump indicate a problem. Every sound signifies a particular issue in the components. Loud gurgling noises can signify a refrigerant leak.

Frost on the Evaporator Coil

Several issues can result in ice buildup in the system, and lack of refrigerant is one of them. Your heat pump requires an adequate amount of this liquid to absorb heat in the evaporator coil. If it leaks and heat is not completely absorbed, ice will definitely form.

The Heat Pump Won’t Turn On

Although your unit may fail to turn on for many other reasons, low refrigerant is one of the most common culprits. Most HVAC systems come with monitors that help them detect which parts of the unit aren’t working properly. If your heat pump is low on this liquid/gas, it may not turn on.

Don’t try to fix low refrigerant on your own because a DIY attempt may worsen the problem and refrigerant is a controlled and toxic substance. Instead, contact our team at Duct-Rite Mechanical, where we perform AC repairs at pocket-friendly prices. Call us today to learn more about our services!

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