Many people ask what the difference is between a heat pump and an air conditioner. The main difference is that a heat pump can both heat and cool a home, whereas an air conditioner just cools a home. The reason for this is a key component called the reversing valve. This valve is specialized for heat pumps, and when issues arise with the reversing valve in your heat pump, there will be operational issues. What kind of problems can arise with the reversing valve? Let’s take a look.
The “Stuck” Valve
The reversing valve works in a sliding mechanism; this allows the valve to change the directional flow of the refrigerant in the system, which is how your heat pump changes between modes. A reversing valve can become stuck in a certain position, be it a mode or in-between modes, for a few reasons. Sometimes a stuck reversing valve can be repaired, but depending on the reason for the malfunction, it may need to be replaced.
Refrigerant leaks can develop in a lot of places in your heat pump system, including the reversing valve. Any kind of refrigerant leak will cause problems with the valve’s operation, and unfortunately when a refrigerant leak develops inside your valve, the valve needs to be replaced.
Issues with the Solenoid
The solenoid is a small electrical component that sits on top of the reversing valve. The job of the solenoid is to help slide the valve from one side to another so that the heat pump can change modes. Sometimes the wiring of the solenoid can develop issues or the solenoid itself goes bad. Solenoids can be replaced, so if your solenoid is the problem, you don’t have to worry about replacing your entire reversing valve.
Heat pumps are complex devices, so if you are experiencing any issues with yours, call the experts at Climate Masters and schedule a repair appointment in St. Augustine, FL.