My heat pump has been nothing but problems lately. The first call began when it was toggling on and off and the compressor was cutting out. The tech found that a shaeder valve on the suction line was leaking and replaced it and charged the system. At this point I purchased a service agreement (luckily - read on). I had to call the company back out about a couple weeks later because the same thing was happening. The tech (whom I like) said the capacitor was bad, causing the toggling, and the freon had leaked out due to a leaking shraeder valve on the liquid line. I like how the tech was honest and said he probably caused it when he removed his gauges. This was Friday. The heat worked for two, almost three days until recently today, I noticed the compressor had cut out again and now I am getting cool air from the registers. I felt the refrigerant lines in the utility room to verify that the heat pump was not pumping. The fan on the heat pump runs, but the compressor does not. This is getting a bit strange/frustrating. The good news is the service agreement covers a lot; I did not pay anything for the most recent service call and won't have to pay anything for the next (as long as it's nothing major like a compressor or something). Your thoughts and experience are greatly appreciated for this matter. Regards.
Edit: Now the heat pump is pumping again (keyword now), but I'm almost certain this will continue. I will keep you guys posted. In the mean time, any thoughts? How big would a leak have to be for it to leak around 5 lbs. of freon in 2-3 days?