Heat pumps are growing increasingly popular in Golf, IL, and throughout the Midwest. Just like an air conditioner, a heat pump utilizes refrigerant in order to cool your home. Here are five signs your heat pump is low on refrigerant.
1. Warm Air From Vents
If all that seems to come through your vents is lukewarm air instead of cold, low refrigerant levels might be to blame. If this is the case, don’t wait to give us a call. Continuing to run a heat pump without proper refrigerant levels will eventually lead to further problems.
2. Outdoor Frost Buildup
The most common sign of refrigerant problems with your heat pump is a gradual build-up of frost on the coils outdoors. Your heat pump absorbs heat with the use of refrigerant. Without this ability, ice can cover the system, slowly decreasing performance.
3. Leaks or Pooling Liquid
Notice a pool of liquid lying on the floor near your heat pump? Unless you have something nearby that could be causing leaks or condensation, like a humidifier, it’s likely due to a refrigerant leak in your heat pump.
4. Rising Cooling Bills
When your heat pump runs low on refrigerant, it’s no longer able to function optimally. Because of this, more energy gets used to cool your home. This excess energy usage might not get noticed throughout the day, but it’s difficult to miss when the electric bill comes in the mail.
5. Strange Noises
Heat pumps normally operate in a near-silent manner, so if you notice an uptick in operating volume or any new noises, give us a call. A gurgling sound, in particular, can indicate refrigerant flowing out of the system.
If your heat pump is low on refrigerant, it might be leaking and in need of repair. Give us a call today at Besco Air Inc. Heating & Cooling, and we’ll be happy to help set up your heat pump repair appointment.
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