A heat pump unit provides both cooling and heating so your Port Richey, Florida, home feels comfortable year-round. Regularly maintaining your home’s heat pump helps to prevent costly breakdowns, increases energy efficiency, and saves money. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know about heat pump maintenance.
How Often Should I Service My Heat Pump?
When to service your heat pump depends on how hard it works each year. If your unit is the main source for heating and cooling your whole home, then you should schedule maintenance twice a year. Have your heat pump serviced in the spring before the hot weather hits and in the fall before a cold front so your system will be in top shape for the tough weather ahead.
Some homeowners use a heat pump as a supplemental system to their whole-home HVAC system. If this is the case in your home, then you should schedule professional maintenance at least once a year to ensure that everything is running as it should.
What Maintenance Can I Do?
You can perform a few regular tasks to help your heat pump stay in peak condition:
- Clean or replace air filters every 30 to 60 days. A dirty filter reduces airflow through the heat pump. It’s a simple low-cost fix to keep your heat pump running efficiently. Keeping filters clean helps avoid breakdowns and keeps your utility bills from spiking too.
- Inspect the outdoor unit on a regular basis and keep it free of debris or clutter such as grass, leaves, and dirt.
- Clean the supply and return registers in your home. This task keeps the vents clear and the air flowing. Reduced airflow leads to poor system performance and can even cause compressor damage.
- Keep an eye out for common heat pump problems that need professional attention. If you notice your system is covered in ice, constantly running, or blowing cold air in heat mode or hot air in cool mode, then it’s time to call on our technicians.
In addition to do-it-yourself fixes, you should schedule professional maintenance because heat pumps are complicated and delicate HVAC systems. Trying to fix things yourself could end up causing further damage and cost you more in the long run. We offer affordable professional repair services if you ever have any issues that you can’t solve alone.
What Maintenance Should a Professional Do?
A professional should handle most heat pump preventive maintenance tasks. They’re trained to work around high-voltage electricity and refrigerant chemicals. They know what they are looking for and how to fix any issue. We take care of smaller issues now before they can become major, expensive problems in the future. We’re also the ones to call if you need additional heating services.
Our technicians begin by inspecting the whole system for leaks or obstructions. They check airflow, refrigerant levels, and electric terminals as well. Belts are inspected for wear and tightness, and motors are lubricated to keep running smoothly. Thermostat operation and electric controls are also tested to ensure proper operation. They clean, flush, drain, check, measure, and repair anything in the entire system, so you can feel confident knowing your heat pump is ready to face the tough weather ahead.
Is Preventive Maintenance Valuable?
Homeowners often wonder if investing in a preventive maintenance plan is worth it. Preventive maintenance is the key to an efficient system. A well-maintained heat pump works 10 to 25 percent more efficiently than a severely neglected one. Planning maintenance is important because it’s easy to neglect an HVAC system. If it’s working properly, most homeowners hardly ever think of their heating or cooling system.
Prevent disruptive breakdowns, reduce energy consumption, and increase your comfort with a professional service plan. Call Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating today at (727) 877-3189 to schedule your next preventive heat pump maintenance. We’ve been serving Port Richey, FL and the surrounding areas since 1953. We put our customers first, which is why we guarantee customer satisfaction.
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