Most HVAC experts agree that the best time to tune up your heat pump is anytime, as long as it’s done regularly. But if your home’s system hasn’t been serviced in a while, the fall is a great time to contact a reputable HVAC company for a tuneup.
At this time of year, homeowners schedule preventive maintenance for a variety of reasons. Because heat pumps also provide cooling, they’ve been hard at work all summer long. A preseason tuneup gets the system ready to perform over the long heating season. HVAC contractors experience a lull in repairs and installing emergency replacement systems, so it’s an ideal time to schedule maintenance. Scheduling service in the middle of the winter season may mean that you have to wait several weeks.
Why should you consistently tune up your heat pump?
No matter when you make a maintenance appointment, the key to a well-performing and lasting heat pump is regularity. Over time, dirt buildup wreaks havoc inside of the unit, and when dirt gathers on its components, trouble ensues. Dirt on the coils decreases efficiency of operations, as well as the capacity to provide heating, while dirt on the air handler creates friction, causing the motor to work harder and consume more energy. When dirt settles on fan blades, it may create an imbalance, which also affects efficiency.
The only effective way to remove dirt that’s built up inside is to have it professionally cleaned every year. If you use it for both cooling and heating, you’ll want to schedule bi-annual visits.
There’s one more perk to regular maintenance: Along with a comprehensive cleaning, your technician will inspect the system for signs of wear and tear and replace parts that are nearing the end of their useful service life, helping you avoid costly repairs down the line.
Now’s the time to schedule a tuneup for your heat pump. Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for fast, friendly, professional maintenance. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.
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 Resource guide.
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