Your heat pump is one of the most durable and efficient options for heating and cooling your home. Just like other types of HVAC equipment, though, it needs regular care to perform at its best. The following maintenance tips can help keep your heat pump running reliably so that it provides optimal comfort and energy savings.
Inspect the Filter Monthly
Keep replacements on hand so you can change the air filter when you see debris starting to accumulate. Be sure to follow your equipment manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement filter size and type.
Clean the Registers
Vacuum the supply and return registers regularly, and check that they’re not obstructed by long drapes, areas rugs or furniture so airflow isn’t restricted.
Let the Outdoor Unit Breathe
Remove any accumulated yard debris, leaves and branches regularly, and keep vegetation trimmed back at least 18 inches from the unit. In the winter, clear away snow and if necessary, use warm water to melt any buildup of ice.
Keep the Condenser Coil Clean
A few times a year, use a gentle spray of the garden hose to rinse dust off the outdoor coil so that heat transfer doesn’t decline.
Schedule Routine Preventive Care
A skilled professional should inspect, clean and tune up your HVAC system every spring and fall. The key tasks you can expect a technician to tackle include:
- Inspecting, cleaning and lubricating the blower assembly.
- Measuring the refrigerant level, testing for leaks and recharging if necessary.
- Cleaning the condensate line and pan to remove any algae and mold.
- Testing the functionality of the electric control that prevents the unit from accidentally switching modes.
- Checking the electrical wiring and terminals, cleaning and tightening the connections, and applying non-conductive coating.
- Inspecting the ductwork for leaks and blockages.
- Cleaning the indoor evaporator and outdoor condenser coils.
- Verifying that the system’s airflow is within the manufacturer’s specified range.
- Testing the functionality and accuracy of the thermostat.
- Checking the belts for tightness and damage.
For more tips or to schedule professional maintenance on the heat pump in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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