4 Tell-Tale Signs of a Refrigerant Leak In Your Heat Pump

Tuesday March 29, 2022

Heat pumps are one of the best HVAC systems to install in both commercial and residential areas.

By helping you save money on energy bills to promote a more sustainable lifestyle, these renewable energy systems have several advantages that make them a great investment.

However, you need to make sure to keep up with their maintenance regularly to ensure efficiency in the performance of the system. One key area that heat pump owners need to focus on is a regular refrigerant check.

A refrigerant leak can cause working inefficiencies in the heat pump, which can lead to several problems. By being aware of the basic signs of a refrigerant leak, you can take preemptive measures to keep your pump in a good working condition.

The experts at JL Phillips have put together a list of potential warning signs which you need to look out for. Let’s take a look!

1. Your Heat Pump Short Cycles

When a heat pump short cycles, it’s a common sign that there’s something wrong with the system. A leaking refrigerant causes the equipment of the heat pump to run erratically which results in the system frequently turning on and off.

To provide efficient heating, your heat pump cycle needs to run properly but with a leak, erratic running hinders the process. An abnormal cycle pattern should automatically alert you to a potential issue and you should immediately check the system to see what you can do to ensure the proper functioning of the system.

2. Ice Buildup on Evaporator Coil

Another common sign of a refrigerant leak in your heat pump is if you notice an ice buildup on the evaporator coil of the heat pump. Too much moisture from the leak causes ice to form which can be detrimental to the functioning of the heat pump.

Scraping off the ice is a short term solution and if you really want to deal with the issue once and for all, you’ll need to get your heat pump looked at by an HVAC technician. They can take care of the heat pump problem and avoid any other issues from arising further down the line.

3. Rise in Indoor Humidity Levels

High humidity in your home should be on your list for signs of a refrigerant leak in your heat pump. Since a heat pump assists with the dehumidification process, any problems with this process could indicate a refrigerant leak.

Excessive humidity in a premise can lead to more moisture and condensation and there’s a possibility that additional issues may arise that can make your home / commercial space uncomfortable. If you notice a sudden change in the humidity levels, make sure to immediately get in touch with a heating expert to take care of the problem straightaway.

4. Inefficiency in the Heat Pump

One of the most common signs of a refrigerant leak in a heat pump is obvious inefficiencies in the working of the system. Since a leak can add extra stress to the different parts of the pump, mainly the compressor, it can harm the overall performance of the pump.

With the increased workload, your pump will then consume more energy, which can cause a significant rise in your utility bills. While usual maintenance and repairs can take care of these problems, ignoring the leak and continuing the usage of the heat pump may result in hefty repair costs down the line. Avoid doing so by staying up to date with the repair and maintenance of the system.

Contact JL Phillips for Expert Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance Services

Now that you’re aware of the important signs of a refrigerant leak, ensure that you’re keeping an eye on it and seeking help whenever required. 

Moreover, if you have any other heat pump or HVAC system related problems, we at JL Phillips would be more than happy to help you.

With our vast experience and expertise in providing sustainable technologies for domestic and commercial spaces, we know all there is to know when it comes to these systems.

To find out more about our services and maintenance work, get in touch with us today!


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