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Why Your Heat Pump Output Isn’t Cooling Properly

If you’re using a heat pump to keep cool this summer, you’ll want to make sure that you keep an eye out for any problems that might crop up. One of the most frustrating problems with any heat pump system is not getting enough cool air while it’s operating. If your heat pump isn’t doing enough to keep you cool this summer, read on to find out why.

Refrigerant Leaks

A heat pump cools a home the same way that an air conditioner does: by evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat out of the house. The heat pump doesn’t actually consume the refrigerant, but cycles it throughout the system during operation. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will drain the system of refrigerant over time. As the refrigerant level drops lower and lower, the ability of the system to properly cool the home will decrease. This can eventually lead to the entire heat pump breaking down, so it’s important that you call for repairs if you suspect there’s a leak in your system.

Reversing Valve Issues

The reversing valve is the part of the heat pump responsible for switching the heat pump back and forth between heating and cooling mode. The valve is comprised of a slide, which dictates the direction that refrigerant flows through the system, and a solenoid that controls the slide. If the slide becomes stuck, or the solenoid loses its charge, the heat pump can become stuck in one mode. If your heat pump appears to be putting out hot air instead of cool air, it may be that there’s a problem with the reversing valve.

Touchstone Heating & Air, Inc. offers a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Lake Butler, FL. If you need heat pump repair services, call today for an appointment.

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