Using a heat pump is a great way to heat your home, but even with the best quality unit, there is a possibility of a leak. Similar to an HVAC system, your heat pump keeps your home warm during the winter and cool in the summer months.
Is a Heat Pump Leak a Big Issue?
As far as HVAC issues are concerned, this is not an alarming one. Even though it is easy to fix, this doesn’t mean you should ignore it. If you notice the leak, contact a repair professional like Mirtron A/C & Heating, LLC, to examine the problem. If you ignore a leaking heat pump, it can lead to mold infestations and water damage in your home.
Below are the 3 most common causes of a heat pump leak:
Most heat pumps have a drain pan that collects condensation from the unit. Mold, debris, or even algae can clog the pan, causing the pan to overflow and create a puddle around your pump. If the drain line condensate pan is set improperly or gets clogged, the water will run over and leak.
Frozen Evaporator Coils
In warm months, low levels of refrigerant can result in ice formation on the cooling coils. This will hinder the cooling process and stop the heat pump from working properly. If refrigerant levels are lower than expected, it can create ice on the evaporator coils. This is ticklish because it restricts the cooling process, which affects the pump’s functionality. As the ice melts, it creates puddles of water that might leak in your system.
A Clogged Condensate Drain
The condensate drain system depends upon a few tubes to carry moisture out of your home. In case of a blockage, the water will back up until it begins to flow out of the drain pan, causing a leak.
Proper maintenance of a heat pump will help you stay cool during the hotter months. If your heat pump needs repairing or you would like to inquire about installing a new heat pump, contact us today at 281-859-5757.