If you make heat pump maintenance a priority, you’ll maximize your investment in the system, ensure top energy savings and keep your home comfortable through every season.
There are certain tasks homeowners can do, but others should be left to the professionals.
Here’s what you can do:
- Check your filter every month or so, particularly when the heat pump is used on a regular basis, and change it when it looks dirty or dingy. This action will allow optimal airflow into the system and keep your indoor air cleaner.
- Inspect the coils on the outdoor unit when you inspect the air filter, and clean them with a soft cloth or use a garden hose (with a gentle spray).
- Keep the area around the outdoor unit clear, because debris like leaves and grass clippings can inhibit airflow.
- Check your home’s registers and grilles for dirt, and vacuum or wipe them down when dusty.
Here’s what an expert should do:
- Check the system for dirt buildup, and provide a comprehensive cleaning for components like the air handler and coils.
- Assess the ductwork’s performance, test the airflow, and seal any leaks.
- Test the system’s refrigerant charge, and look for leaks in the refrigerant lines.
- Check the electric terminals, clean dirty connections and tighten loose ones. Ensure that the nonconductive coating is at the appropriate levels.
- Inspect the motor, lubricating it to ensure smooth operations, and check the belt for wear and tear (on older systems).
- Assess the controls to ensure that the heat won’t cycle on when cooling mode is selected and vice versa.
- Ensure that the thermostat’s settings operate correctly.
- Conduct a comprehensive inspection of the reversing valve’s operations.
If you perform these heat pump maintenance tasks every spring and fall, and schedule expert service in both seasons, you’ll ensure a top-performing system that lasts longer. To schedule a service appointment, contact Air Assurance Heating, Cooling & Air Quality today! We’ve been serving homeowners in the Greater Broken Arrow area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pump maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.