5 Essential Heat Pump Maintenance Tips
Heat pumps are growing in popularity for a good reason, but if you’re used to the usual HVAC system, you may experience a slight learning curve while adjusting to your new system and its maintenance needs. While there are many similarities between heat pumps, furnaces, and HVAC systems, there are a few essential maintenance tips to keep in mind.
Clean Air Filters Regularly
Air filters are a relatively inexpensive way to keep your heat pump running efficiently for longer. It’s a good idea to get into the routine of checking your heat pump’s filter once a month. If you notice your filter is dirty, replace or clean it.
Check On the Outdoor Unit Often — Especially During Winter Weather
It’s crucial to keep a close eye on your heat pump’s outdoor unit during the winter months. Heat pumps are prone to ice build-up on the outside of the unit due to the combination of condensation and freezing temperatures. Piled snow and ice add strain to the system’s coils and can lead to the appearance of “smoking.”
If you notice ice, rain, or snow piling on your unit during the winter months, do your best to keep it clear. Heat pump systems are equipped with an automatic defrost feature, but it’s still prudent to often check your unit.
Maintain an 18-inch Perimeter Around the Outdoor Unit
Shrubs, branches, and yard debris can damage your unit’s exterior and make it difficult for service technicians to access. Crowding the unit can also reduce airflow and reduce the efficiency of your system. For this reason, it’s a good idea to check the landscaping near your outdoor unit seasonally and trim errant branches back to maintain an 18-inch perimeter.
Schedule Routine Professional Maintenance
While changing your air filter is easy enough to do yourself, some heat pump maintenance facets are better left to the professionals. Some parts of your heat pump should be cleaned and tested annually, but they can be difficult to access without professional insight.
Flush the System Before Switching to AC
Heat pumps seamlessly transition from heating to cooling your home to accommodate your year-round need for comfort. Get into the habit of emptying and flushing the indoor condensate line. It’s a good idea to leave this job to the professionals because it can get complicated and messy.
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