Customers who sign up for an annual service check usually have heat pump maintenance performed in the spring and the fall. If you didn’t have your heat pump inspected earlier in the season, it isn’t too late! The recommended time frame to have your pump tuned up is at least once per year, but scheduling maintenance a few months late is better than waiting until next year. After all, a well-maintained heat pump is 10 to 25 percent more efficient than a neglected one.
Here’s a look at what heat pump maintenance entails, along with the benefits of regular tune-ups.
What to expect from heat pump maintenance
- Filters are cleaned and replaced.
- Outdoor coil is cleaned.
- Foliage is trimmed back and debris is cleaned out of the unit.
- The evaporator coil and condensate pans are cleaned as needed every 2 to 4 years.
- The blower fan is cleaned and lubricated.
- The ductwork, blower and indoor coil are inspected for dirt and other debris.
- Ductwork is inspected for leaks and sealed if necessary.
- Airflow is measured and verified.
- Refrigerant charge is checked and leaks are fixed.
- Electric terminals are cleaned and tightened, and a nonconductive coating is added if necessary.
- Belts are checked for wear and tightness.
- Electric controls are inspected to ensure that heating and cooling modes are functioning correctly.
- The thermostat operation is verified.
Benefits of heat pump maintenance
- Proper airflow is upheld.
- The heat pump is given the chance to operate as efficiently as possible, resulting in energy savings.
- Water damage from condensation is avoided.
- Problems can be identified early and repaired at a much lower price.
- Safe operation is sustained.
- Life of the system is prolonged.
- The environment is protected from inefficient operation or harmful refrigerant leaks.
- The highest level of home comfort is possible at the lowest cost of operation.
Each component of heat pump maintenance is obviously very important to preserve a long, efficient life for your heat pump. For more information or to schedule service, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We serve Grand Traverse County and the surrounding 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 pump maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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