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Spotting a Refrigerant Leak

Heat pumps are awesome heating and cooling systems for our area. You’re probably relishing how functional these units are right now, since you’ll be swapping between heating mode and cooling mode as temperatures slowly warm up. The ability to move heat instead of create it makes things a lot easier for homeowners in the area.

However, heat pumps in Pine Bluff, AR can suffer from one problem that stands out from the types of problems furnaces face. These systems can lose refrigerant, which is a necessary component to the cooling and heating process. Without refrigerant, you’ll see a dramatic increase in your energy bills, a rise in repair needs, and the eventual breakdown of your system.

So, how about we spot a refrigerant leak before it becomes a catastrophic problem? Does that sound good to you? Follow these tips and notify our team when you think you’re a victim of this problem.

The Signs of Leaking Refrigerant

When your heat pump is leaking refrigerant, there will be some signs that will make it pretty clear. While you might not first notice that the problem is due to a refrigerant leak, you don’t necessarily have to get that far. Once you notice there’s a problem with your system at all, you can call our team and we’ll handle it.

Here are a few signs that your heat pump is struggling from a lack of refrigerant.

  • Hissing and Bubbling. The refrigerant that flows through your heat pump exists as both a liquid and a gas. When it evaporates, it becomes gas and brings heat along with it. When it condenses, it turns back into a liquid. The reason why we’re telling you this is because the hissing sound can be gaseous refrigerant actually escaping from your refrigerant lines. The bubbling noise can mean that air bubbles have gotten into the refrigerant line where it exists as a liquid.
  • Poor Comfort. Without the proper amount of refrigerant in your heat pump, the system will likely never provide the quality comfort that you’ve grown to love. This is like trying to run your car without gasoline or trying to calls someone on a phone that’s not charged. While the heat pump doesn’t use refrigerant as fuel, it can’t keep your home comfortable without it.
  • High Energy Bills. Without the proper amount of refrigerant, your heat pump will struggle to keep your home comfortable. This will lead to higher energy bills.
  • Frequently Requiring Repairs. A heat pump without refrigerant is likely to require repairs. While one repair might not be bad, multiple repairs due to a refrigerant leak can quickly add up.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality and Odors. Where do you think that refrigerant is going when it escapes the lines as a gas? It could be leaking outside, or it could be leaking in your home. If you smell a sweet, chloroform-like scent coming from your heat pump, then it’s likely leaking refrigerant into your house.

Contact the team at Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for heat pump services. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal!

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