Did You Know Heat Pumps Work All Year Long?
Heat pumps are the silent workhorses to keep us comfortable all year long here in the southeast. Did you know they also require service and maintenance all year long? Heat pumps air condition your home in the summer and jump in as needed to heat during the winter. This means heat pumps run almost all year long in some homes. Because of this, they need to be maintained to work correctly and extend their lifespan. Maintenance offers many benefits for heat pumps. It improves unit efficiency, which helps to cut down energy costs throughout the year. When you resolve wear and tear issues with heat pump maintenance, you’ll improve performance and limit your risk of breakdowns throughout the year.
At-Home Maintenance for Heat PumpsThere are some things you can do at home to ensure proper operation of heat pumps. These easy do-it-yourself tasks help prevent problems and make your system run at peak potential.
Replace your air filter monthly
Check the exterior unit for debris or ice build up
When you clean heat pumps, be careful not to damage or bend the fins
Ensure your plants remain at least 18 inches away from the exterior unit at all times
Professional Maintenance for Heat PumpsYou should schedule a professional inspection and maintenance check once a year for your heat pump. This will extend its lifespan and prevent costly and uncomfortable breakdowns. An overall assessment of your system and its individual parts will occur at each maintenance appointment. You can expect your HVAC technician to complete these tasks on heat pumps.
- Check refrigerant levels and adjust if necessary
- Check airflow and seal any leaks
- Lubricate motor
- Check belts
- Test your thermostat for proper operation
- Inspect system for excessive dust, dirt, or other obstructions
- Answer any questions about operation or energy efficiency
- Make suggestions for preventive repairs or replacements