Though it’s often not a big concern, sometimes a frosty heat pump can prove to be more trouble for Savannah homeowners. Too much frost can be a bad thing, as it reduces overall heating efficiency. Here’s what you should know the next time you see frost forming on a heat pump system.
Seeing a slightly frosty heat pump isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s quite normal. As the outdoor coils work to extract latent heat from outside air, it causes the water vapor to condense into liquid form. Since the refrigerant within the coils is up to 20 degrees colder than the surrounding air, it’s no surprise to see frost form as the condensed water freezes.
What’s not normal is seeing the heat pump encased in a gigantic coating of frost, or worse, a solid sheet of ice.
A frosty heat pump has plenty of potential causes, some of them relatively minor fixes and others major enough to warrant an expensive repair bill. These include:
All of these issues can be remedied by an NATE-certified technician.
If you see ice build up on a frosty heat pump, simply turn the unit off and carefully thaw it with a garden hose and running water. Afterward, take the following preventive measures:
Tired of dealing with a frosty heat pump? Contact the pros at McDevitt Air for professional help. We can handle all of the heating and air conditioning needs for homeowners in Savannah and surrounding communities.
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