By now you are probably well aware of the importance of having your furnace properly maintained, but people who have heat pumps also need to heed the same advice. As with anything else, if a heat pump is neglected it is prone to break downs which will, in turn, require frequent repairs. It will also not work very efficiently which will increase your power bills.
In order to make sure your heat pump works as it is intended and will last the expected manufacturer’s lifetime (and hopefully beyond) there are several things you need to do in order to make sure it is cared for properly:
Change the filter – Once A Month. Just do it. It is a simple enough task with great benefits and yet it gets overlooked and forgotten about so very often. The air filter for a heat pump is absolutely necessary in order to keep debris from entering the cabinet and damaging the components. It also prevents contaminates from getting in the air you breathe. Not only will the filter not be able to do its job if it is clogged, it will also cause additional problems down the road. A heat pump that is not able to work efficiently due to a clogged air filter will be in danger of needing repairs sooner rather than later. It will most definitely have to work harder to produce the same level of performance it has while enjoying the benefits of a clean filter. So there you have it, CHANGE YOUR FILTER, set a reminder in your phone’s calendar if that will help you remember because it really is that important.
Keep the outdoor unit clear – It is very important to keep the outdoor cabinet of your heat pump clear of any clutter or debris so that it can absorb and exhaust heat properly. When there are too many obstructions around the outdoor unit it can end up blocking the fan and the coils or worse…it could cause debris to enter the cabinet.
Schedule regular maintenance – Regular maintenance is critical for your heat pumps long term successful use. In this case “regular” means twice a year. You will need to have your heat pump inspected by a trained, licensed professional once in spring to ensure that it will be working properly for the summer and once in the fall to ensure that it is ready to perform in the winter. Only a professional will know what issues to look for and be able to make the necessary adjustments – this is not a do it yourself job.
Don’t let your heat pump struggle unnecessarily; call Carmine’s today to schedule an inspection at 203-791-8089.