Heat pumps are an appealing option for most residential homes because they act much like a residential air conditioner. A heat pump combines the functions of a heater and an air conditioner, much like a nifty hybrid of the two. Because the technology for a heat pump is based from an air conditioner, they experience similar problems.
A frequently asked question we get is the issue about why our customers’ heat pump is leaking water inside the home.
Ice on the Coils
A common occurrence we see during our inspections and many times is the cause of the problem is finding ice forming on the cooling coils.
How does this happen? The answer comes from a lack of refrigerant. Your heat pump and air conditioners need a certain level of refrigerant to operate efficiently. When a leak occurs, and the refrigerant levels are low, it shows a disruption in the cooling process.
The ice that is forming on the coils shows where the cold air stopped flowing through. When you turn off your heat pump, the ice on the coils begin to melt in the process, and that is where the leaking water is coming from.
These leaks form pools and puddles around your heat pump.
If you are experiencing ice on your coils, we can seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant levels for your heat pump and heating system.
Problems with Drainage System
Heat pumps come with a condensate pan to catch normal condensation as it forms in the unit. The condensation drips out of the system through a drain line.
If your drain line is clogged, or your overflow pan is misaligned, water may start to leak out. There are safety precautions installed in your heat pump to prevent this water from dripping out. There is a floater in the pan that will automatically turn the system off so that the water does not drip out.
However, if this float is activated the heat pump will turn the system off, if you do not fix the drainage, the heat pump won’t turn on again.
Out technician can clear the clogs and adjust the pan in the appropriate position so that it will drain effectively again.
Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area for Heat Pump Repair
When your heat pump is leaking water, it is important to shut off the heating system completely. The heating technicians at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area specialize in heat pump repair. Annual heat pump maintenance can be very beneficial from preventing this problem from ever occurring. Our HVAC maintenance comes with a complete inspection of your heating system so that we can recommend necessary repairs, part replacements, and other items before they have a damaging effect on your entire unit.