Heat-Pump Components And Their Role In Operation
The purpose of your heat pump is to transfer heat from one location to another. Using this process, a heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home. To fully understand how this works, let’s take a look at heat-pump components and how they interact with each other.
The compressor acts as the heart of the heat pump. It is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant and pushing it throughout the system. The refrigerant is directed to the reversing valve, which sends it to the outside coil, which is cooled by a fan. If the pump is cooling the home the outside coil will be hot since it will be transferring heat from the home. If the pump is heating the home, the outside coil will be cool. The refrigerant is metered as it leaves the outside coil and is metered again as it enters the inside coil. Within the inside coil the refrigerant is either cooled or heated, and another fan blows this air into the home. The refrigerant flows back to the reversing valve, which directs it back to the compressor. All of the heat-pump components work continuously in unison to complete this cycle.
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