If you know a little about how the heat pump in your home works, you’ve likely heard about refrigerant, the chemical that allows the system to move heat from one place to another to provide you with heating or cooling. The refrigerant in a heat pump must be maintained at a proper level, or else it will lead to problems that require repairs.
The appearance of frost along the coils of a heat pump almost always indicates a serious problem. People are often confused about seeing icing along the coils, especially during cooling mode. If the heat pump is currently supposed to be sending out cold air, the appearance of some ice would seem to be a positive thing.
Heat pumps make a smart and economical way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, especially in places with comparatively mild climates like North Carolina. They work according to the same principles as air conditioning systems: circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that use it to first heat the air and then pull heat from the air.
Heat pumps rely on refrigerant to operate, the same way that air conditioners do. The refrigerant passes through a closed loop that subjects it to pressure and temperature changes, reverting it back and forth between a liquid and a gaseous state that alternately warms and cools the surrounding air. It uses less energy than more traditional HVAC systems, as well as combining heating and cooling into one single function. In Pittsboro NC, heat pump repair is often the purveyance of air conditioning repair services, since our relatively mild climate makes a good fit for heat pump technology.