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Old 02-17-2013
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Re: Reverse cycle compressor leak

Um... why do you think you have a leak? Refrigerant leak? If it's in the heating cycle the condenser will ice up because it becomes the evaporator. I'm guessing your incoming water is close to freezing? The coil will try to reduce the water temp by about 10 degrees colder in the heating cycle. and warmer in cooling cycle.
Because it's iced up it means the compressor is able to "pull down" the "low side" and you most likely don't need a new unit. You need warmer water coming in if it's not. 42 degrees or warmer.
Hope this helps a little, The difference is only that your using sea water instead of a loop, well, or closed loop in these diagrams.

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