Heat Pump Maintenance Can Be Performed Anytime
For many, especially those living in warm climates, a heat pump provides an excellent way to keep a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Heat pumps work by extracting hot air from the home in the summer and pushing heat into the home in the winter. Like traditional HVAC systems, you can keep your system in top condition by scheduling annual heat pump maintenance.
Scheduling annual maintenance with a trusted, licensed HVAC professional is the best way to keep your pump running optimally. Hiring a professional who understands the ins and outs of how heat pumps work allows you to identify minor problems, keep the system clean and prevent long-term damage. Use the following checklist as a guideline for your contractor:
- Check ducts, filters, blowers and coils for signs of dirt buildup or obstruction
- Check ducts for leaks and seal as necessary
- Measure airflow output for accuracy
- Measure refrigerant levels for accuracy
- Check for refrigerant leaks
- Clean, lubricate and tighten all electrical connections
- Inspect the thermostat
- Inspect the electrical control system
Developing a clear understanding of the tasks your contractor will perform helps you hold him accountable. It also helps you gain an understanding of how your heat pump system works and what needs to be done to keep it running properly.
Filter and outdoor maintenance
In between annual maintenance appointments, there are several steps you can take to help keep your heat pump running properly.
- Check filters regularly, usually every one to three months.
- Cut down any grasses, plants, shrubs or weeds within two feet of the heat pump.
Plants prevent adequate airflow, affecting heat pump performance.
For more information about heat pump maintenance, contact Sobieski Services.
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