Many homeowners make the mistake of forgetting about their heat pump system — until it stops working. Don’t be one of them. Make sure your heat pump continues to work for a long time by scheduling annual heat pump maintenance.
A heat pump’s life expectancy is around 15 years when it receives routine professional maintenance. If your heat pump does not receive the regular maintenance that it needs, it might not last as long. Also, heat pumps that receive regular maintenance are 10 to 25 percent more efficient than those that do not.
Here’s what you should expect from an annual heat pump maintenance service.
A thorough inspection. There are many different parts to a heat pump. The following parts will be checked for dirt, obstructions or damage:
- Indoor evaporator
- Condenser coil
- Refrigerant charge and levels
- Defrost cycle
- Electrical terminals
- Motor belts
- Electrical control
- Outdoor compressor
If there is duct leakage, refrigerant leaks, airflow problems or loose electrical connections, the professional will immediately fix these problems or recommend a future service in order to correct these issues as soon as possible.
A detailed cleaning. The indoor evaporator and condenser coil in the heat pump will be cleaned, as well as electrical connections and the condensate pan, drain, and trap. The air filters will be cleaned or replaced if needed.
Other routine maintenance tasks. The professional might apply nonconductive coating to your electrical terminals, lubricate your motors and set the electrical control to regulate the smooth transition between cooling and heating.
Since a heat pump system is full of complicated mechanisms, it’s wiser to get a professional to service your heat pump instead of attempting to maintain it yourself. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to extend the life of your heat pump system.
- Replace or clean your air filters every one to three months
- Clear any plants that grow too close (less than 18 inches) to the outdoor unit
- Clean the outdoor unit of any grass clippings, dry leaves, dirt, ice, or snow
Save money and ensure peace of mind by scheduling an annual service of your heat pump. Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbingfor an appointment.
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