A leaking heat pump in your Gardendale, Alabama, home is a serious problem that requires immediate attention. It is vital to know the signs of a refrigerant leak to prevent health hazards and keep your living space comfortable. Here we’ll discuss five common signs of a heat pump refrigerant leak.

Loss of Heating Power

The refrigerant in your heat pump transfers heat from the outdoor coils to the indoor coils to keep your living space warm during the winter. If you notice that your rooms take longer than usual to reach an ideal temperature or simply isn’t warming your house, the refrigerant may be leaking. Call a professional HVAC expert to inspect the system.

Sudden Spike in Energy Bills

If your heat pump is leaking refrigerant, it will need more cycles to increase or decrease the temperature in your home. The system has to work harder, increasing utility bills and wear. Have an HVAC expert look at your unit if energy bills suddenly become higher than normal.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

When the refrigerant in your HVAC unit depletes to a certain level, it loses its ability to absorb heat. This causes condensation and the evaporator coils will become frozen. If you notice this, switch off the unit to thaw the ice and call an HVAC technician to have a look.

Heat Pump Makes Hissing Noises

A leak in your HVAC unit may cause a hissing sound, especially if the leak is coming from cracked coils. If you notice any of the signs above, listen to the unit to determine whether it is making any unusual sound. A hissing noise may indicate a refrigerant leak.

Unexplained Sickness

Your family can become sick with no explainable reason if they are exposed to a refrigerant leak. However this is rare as most refrigerant leaks occur outside by the condenser.

At One Source Heating and Cooling, we are committed to keeping your heating system in excellent shape for optimal performance and comfort. Call us today at 205-209-4246.

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