The importance of changing air filters in home air conditioning systems lies in the fact that it’s a good way to keep your system in tip-top shape. Regular tune-ups and inspections of your heat pump are just some of the ways to keep your home comfortable all year long. One of the biggest concerns about heat pump operations, however, is leaking.
Leakage is rarely a good thing. When it happens to your heat pump, it could either lead to a much bigger issue or it could already be a symptom of a more serious problem. Whatever the case may be, here are a few tips from our HVAC experts at All Weather on how to handle leaks in a heat pump system.
Why Heat Pumps Leak
A heat pump is a unique HVAC system because it can function as both a cooler and a heater, depending on the season. It accomplishes this by using water to transfer heat from one place to another. Over time, this water can find its way outside the heat pump coils, causing a leak. Should you notice any signs of water dripping from your system, it’s important to contact your local heat pump technician immediately.
Because the system uses water to regulate temperature levels, most heat pumps also have a drain pipe for excess condensation. If these pipes are clogged, it could lead to leakage problems.
Heat pumps also use refrigerant for temperature control. Checking the amount of refrigerant in your system should always be a part of any regular air conditioning and furnace inspection checklist, as low refrigerant can freeze the evaporator coils. When the ice melts during heating cycles, it could appear as a leak.
Not keeping the evaporator coils clean can also lead to water leaks in a heat pump system. Dirty coils lose their condensing abilities, which could lead to water leaking onto the ground instead staying within the proper drainage channels.
At All Weather, our professionals can help you maintain your heat pump at any time. Give us a call at (707) 447-9855 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection visit or request a free quote on new heat pumps today. We serve homeowners in Vacaville and all nearby areas in CA.