Heat pumps work on the same basic principle that air conditioners do. In the summertime, refrigerant travels through condense coils on the outdoor part of the unit, where it emerges in liquid form and under great pressure. It then moves to the indoor part of the unit, where a valve releases the pressurized liquid into condenser coils. That cools the air around the coils, which can then be blown into your home to lower the temperature.
In the winter time, the process is reversed: indoor coils acts as the condenser with the outdoor coil working as the evaporator. An outdoor expansion valve is used in the winter, with the indoor valve usually bypassed. You’ll notice the term “coils” used a lot here; they play a vital role in the heat pump’s ability to function. Damaged condenser coils mean that you need a good heat pump repair service, especially in Savannah whose mild winters make heat pumps an excellent way to cool the house.
When condenser coils are damaged, they reduce the effectiveness of the unit. Hail and other inclement weather can bend the condenser fins, reducing their ability to function and forcing the heat pump to work harder to do its job. The translates into more energy use and higher electric bills – eliminating the efficiency advantage that heat pumps hold over more traditional heating systems. Other types of damage can result in leaking refrigerant or even a complete shutdown of the whole system.
A trained technician can conduct heat pump repairs accurately and efficiently. If bent coil fins are the issue, he may be able to straighten them out with a specialized “comb.” Otherwise, he can replace the damaged coils quickly and efficiently, getting your system back up in a short amount of time. The professionals at AAction Air can handle heat pump repair in Savannah, Hilton Head, SC and elsewhere. If your condenser coils have been damaged by hail or some similar calamity, or the years have taken their toll and they’re in need of a little TLC, call us to make an appointment today.