If well maintained, a heat pump can keep you cozy even in the coldest of Grand Traverse County winters. Annual professional maintenance goes a long way, but there are still some things you’ll need to do yourself.
Maintaining the Indoor Components
Check your heat pump air filter every month. If the filter has gathered a layer of dust and debris, replace it with a new one. A dirty filter restricts the flow of air, impairing the system’s energy efficiency and placing unnecessary wear on the components. If you use 1-inch fiberglass filters, consider upgrading to a more efficient type. Better filters last longer and improve your air quality more.
Blocked air registers cause a pressure imbalance in your system, impairing its performance. Every couple of months, walk around your home to check that none of your registers or vents are blocked by furniture, drapes or other items. No more than 10 percent of your registers should be closed.
Maintaining the Outdoor Components
A buildup of debris on your outdoor condenser unit interferes with airflow, bring the heat pump’s energy efficiency down and straining the components. To maintain good airflow, clean the outdoor unit at the end of the cooling season and again at the end of the heating season.
Remove dirt, leaves, and other debris from the unit’s exterior fins using a stiff brush. Use a fin comb to straighten bent fins, which reduce airflow. Take off the top of the unit and vacuum out debris inside with a wet-vac. Then use a gentle stream of water from a garden hose to rinse down the fins from the inside out.
The condensate line is prone to sludge buildup that can cause a blockage. Once or twice a year, attach the hose of a wet-vac to the outside end of your condensate line and suck out the sludge. You may need use additional pipe between the vacuum hose and condensate line to create an airtight seal.
If your heat pump needs a little professional care, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing anywhere in the Grand Traverse County area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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