If you’re not a contractor, HVAC-related issues can be pretty boring, but exciting or not, it’s something homeowners will always have to deal with. And one of the many more-necessary-than-fun tasks is heat pump maintenance. You probably never even think of yours until the heater’s not working, but a dirty or poorly running heat pump can use 10 to 25 percent more energy than a well-maintained unit.
Luckily there are tips that can help you keep your heat pump in tip-top condition.
- Clean or change your air filters monthly or in accordance with the owner’s manual. Dirty filters block airflow, which can damage your compressor as well as reduce overall system performance.
- Clean your outdoor coils too, and on occasion, turn the fan off and clean that as well. Also remove any clutter, vegetation or other obstructions to the outdoor unit.
- Clean your supply and return registers and straighten out the fins if they’re bent.
In addition, there are some maintenance tasks you should have a technician do annually.
- Inspect your ducts, blower, indoor coil and filters for dirt or blockage.
- Locate and repair duct leaks.
- Check for leaks in your refrigerant and measure and verify the refrigerant charge.
- Inspect electric terminals and belts and lubricate motors.
- Verify accurate electric control and ensure that thermostats are working properly.
In the greater Cleveland area, Stack Heating & Cooling is your source for heat pump maintenance, as well as a wide variety of other HVAC needs, including geothermal and solar installations and maintenance. Contact our experts today; we have been serving the area since 1976.
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.