Modern heat pumps reduce your electrical use for indoor heating by 50%. They’re the preferred heating and cooling choice compared to a baseboard heater or even a furnace. That advantage won’t last without regular heat pump maintenance.
Heat pumps that don’t get the attention they need will burn up to 25% more energy per year. You can prevent this from happening with a routine checkup but there are minor maintenance steps you can do yourself.
These maintenance tips will ensure you can keep your heat pump running with little to no repairs needed.
Regular Cleaning Habits
Don’t fall into this habit and make it a point to clean the unit on a regular basis. You can start by keeping the fan blades and air filters free from dirt.
If needed, you may have to replace your air filters. Make sure to read your heat pump’s manual to check which filters match the unit you own. Keep plants at least two feet away from the unit too to make sure leaves and other foliage don’t clog the filters.
By keeping the filters clean and new, you’ll prevent the heat pump from exerting too much energy.
Remove Icing As Soon As Possible
If your unit is icing during the summer, turn it off and seek immediate professional repair services. A heat pump shouldn’t freeze over and ice during hot seasons. If your unit is icing in summer, it could be a sign of serious damage.
During the winter, it is possible that your unit is icing because it is not defrosting. When this happens, do not use a knife or other sharp object to chip away the ice. Instead, use water to melt the ice away.
Once the ice is gone, you’ll want to do the following:
- Look for leaks
- Make sure nothing clogging the return-air registers
- Check the air filters for clogging
You’ll also want to check if it’s time to replace the refrigerant. If this is the case, you should call on experts to work on it for you.
Handling the Thermostat
Sometimes, even after cleaning, the heat pump might turn on and off. The thermostat could be in a room where it doesn’t sense room temperature right. If your heat pump worked fine before but not now, this isn’t the case.
It’s also possible that you haven’t calibrated it the right way. The best way to avoid this problem is to keep your thermostat settings on automatic.
When all else fails, the problem might be the heat anticipator. This will require professional assistance.
Get Professional Heat Pump Maintenance Now
Don’t wait for your heat pump to break down. You might not even notice that it’s wearing down until your energy bill increases. Get professional heat pump maintenance today.
Feel free to contact us to get you started. We can guide you through the basic maintenance routines or do a checkup to see how your unit is doing. Our services also include full repairs and parts replacements too.