Don’t Overlook Winter Heat Pump Maintenance
Perform Essential Heat Pump Maintenance and Repair
By taking the time to perform essential heat pump maintenance and repair, you can save yourself the hassle and trouble of a malfunctioning unit during the cold weather months.
Do-It-Yourself Heat Pump Maintenance
There are many things that you can do to ensure your heat pump is running during the cold weather season. The following information is a useful guideline:
- Remove overgrown vegetation from around the outdoor portion of the heat pump. The unit typically needs several feet of clearance for proper air circulation.
- Clear away any downed branches or other debris from storms. Branches can get caught in the fan or condenser can cause the heat pump to break down.
- Inspect the air filter. Depending on the condition of the filter, clean it or replace it with a new one.
- Inspect the electrical wires to ensure a tight connection exists. Loose connections can cause wires to overheat and burn up.
Check The Thermostat
The thermostat is an essential element of the heat pump system. Be sure to include it in your winter maintenance inspection:
- Verify that all connections are tight on the sub-base of the thermostat
- Verify that the thermostat is level
- Replace batteries with a fresh set of batteries
Get Professional Maintenance
Other heat pump maintenance tasks are best left to the professionals. During a tune-up visit, heating and cooling service technicians will:
- Check the Chemical Refrigerant Level
- Check the Heat Pump’s Wiring, Circuit Board and Capacitor
- Check the System’s Performance
- Clean the Evaporator Coils
- Clean out the Condensate Drain Line and Inspect the Drain Pan
Benefits of Heat Pump Maintenance
With so many things to get done around your home, preventative maintenance of heat pumps can lead to complete peace of mind. Many potential problems can be alleviated and ensure that your unit will be in proper working order when the cold weather arrives. Some of the other benefits include:
- Healthier Indoor Air
- Cleaner Indoor Air
- Lower Utility Costs
- System is Less Likely to Break Down
- Extends System Lifespan