Did You Know Heat Pumps Work All Year Long?Published on: December 13, 2018
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 Pumps
There 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
This is an easy and inexpensive way to make sure your system runs well, and the interior air you breathe is clean.
Check the exterior unit for debris or ice build up
Remove ice from the outside components of your system. An easy way to do this is to pour lukewarm water on the unit to melt the ice. Never pour hot or boiling water onto your heat pump.
When you clean heat pumps, be careful not to damage or bend the fins
If fins become bent, you can ask your technician to straighten them at your next visit.
Ensure your plants remain at least 18 inches away from the exterior unit at all times
Trim bushes, grass, and vines when they come too close to your outdoor unit.
Professional Maintenance for Heat Pumps
You 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
Find Experts in Heat Pumps through AC Southeast®
Need an HVAC expert technician to check your heat pump and offer suggestions for optimal operation? AC Southeast® can help match you with a local professional who can schedule a convenient time to perform a simple check of your system. This will ensure you stay comfortable all year long.
We only work with trained and certified professionals who provide outstanding customer service. When you choose AC Southeast®, you are guaranteed a certified, trained professional will work on your heat pump. Call us today to schedule your maintenance check, before the cold weather hits our area!