Switch Your Heat Pump from Summer to Fall for Maximum Efficiency
Now is the time to prepare your heat pump for the cooler fall months. The temperatures will be dropping at night and soon winter will be here. Maintenance tasks and repairs are easier to accomplish now before the job is made more difficult by cold weather. As a homeowner, you can perform several maintenance tasks. Certain other tasks and repairs need are better left to a professional.
Heat Pump Maintenance Tasks for the Homeowner
- Replace the air filter – Regularly replacing the air filter in your HVAC system is a simple and inexpensive task. Install a new good quality filter to eliminate all the pollen and pollutants that have been collected during the summer months.
- Clear away debris – Remove any debris, tree branches, and weeds from a couple of feet around the outside unit to provide good air circulation.
- Clean around the coils – Use a hose to clean out the coils. After the cold weather is upon us, you will have outside water access shut off for winter.
- Adjust the thermostat – If you have a programmable thermostat, you may want to enter new programming for the Fall months.
- Run the heat – Activate your heat and run the system for a short period to ensure all the components are functioning correctly. Maintenance Tasks for Professionals
- Check system efficiency – A professional can test your system for energy efficiency and recommend any repairs or adjustments to return proper efficiency if necessary.
- Inspect gas and electrical connections – All connections will be checked for worn wiring, pipe corrosion, and gas leaks that can affect the safe operation of the HVAC equipment.
- Refrigerant level – Even though we are entering the colder time of year, The refrigerant level needs to be checked with the system maintenance.
- Check the drain pan and lines – Any obstructions in the drain lines will be removed and the the drain system will be cleaned out.
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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