Heat pumps are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home in Valdosta, GA. But like any mechanical system, they require regular maintenance to prevent water leakage and to keep them running smoothly. The following are reasons your heat pump may leak water and what you can do to fix the problem.
Heat pumps require a good drainage system to prevent water leakage. Blockage in the drain line can cause water to back up and leak from the unit. Drainage problems could be due to a frozen condensate line, clogged evaporator coil or accumulation of leaves, dirt and other debris.
An improperly set condensate pan can also lead to water leakage. Slope the pan so that water can drain properly. If it’s not, water will collect in the pan and eventually leak out.
Leaking Refrigerant Lines
Refrigerant lines can leak over time due to normal wear and tear. Leaking refrigerant can cause water to form on the evaporator coil and eventually leak out. Schedule a visit from a trained service technician as soon as possible to fix refrigerant leaks.
Continuing to use a heat pump with a refrigerant leak can damage the unit and lead to expensive repairs. AC repairs are costly, and it’s important to nip the problem in the bud.
Cracked Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is the heat pump part that transfers heat from the refrigerant to the air. Over time, the heat exchanger can develop cracks due to corrosion or wear and tear. If the heat exchanger cracks, water can leak from the unit.
In winter, the heat pump defrosts to thaw the ice built up on the evaporator coil. During defrost mode, water drips from the evaporator coil and collects in a drain pan. If the drain pan is full, water will leak from the unit.
You can tell if your heat pump is in defrost mode if you see water dripping from the unit or the fan isn’t running. Defrost mode is normal and shouldn’y cause any problems. However, if the heat pump is in defrost mode more often than usual, it could be a sign of a problem.
If you let your heat pump continue to leak water for a long, you may start to see water damage in your home. Contact Waller Heating & Air Conditioning for heat pump service so our trained professionals can fix the problem and prevent further damage. We’ll inspect your heat pump, find the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs.
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