Essential Maintenance Tips for Your Home Heat Pump
Regularly scheduled maintenance is a must when it comes to keeping your home heat pump in great shape. Not only does maintenance help you save on annual energy costs, but it also prevents minor issues from snowballing into bigger problems later on. A well-maintained heat pump is 25 percent more efficient than one that’s been neglected.
When it comes to maintenance, you’ll find that there’s plenty for you and your technician to complete. The following is a quick list of essential must-do items for keeping your system in tip-top form:
- Change or clean your air filters on a monthly basis, unless otherwise noted by your heat pump’s manufacturer.
- Use a garden hose to clean off outdoor coils and remove vegetation and debris from around your outdoor coil’s cabinet.
- Make sure to clean your supply and return register vents. Airflow blockages can create unnecessary wear and tear on your home’s heat pump.
- Whenever possible, use the “auto” fan setting on your heat pump’s thermostat.
Running your fan constantly will actually degrade your heat pump’s performance. There are several other maintenance tasks you can perform, but it’s much easier to have your trusted technician complete them for you. These crucial maintenance tasks include:
- Measuring refrigerant levels and checking for leaks
- Lubricating motors and other moving parts
- Inspecting fan blades, bearings and belts for excessive wear and tear
- Inspecting and verifying electric controls
- Checking your ductwork for signs of leakage
- Cleaning and inspecting your evaporator coil and drainage system
- Routine inspection of your thermostat for correct operation
At Sobieski Services, Inc. our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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