Heat pump installation is a sound decision for homeowners and offices looking to save costs and reduce energy bills. A well-maintained heat pump can provide enough energy to keep your space warm, using the least electricity.
Heat pumps demand the inherent maintenance requirements of electromechanical systems, without which they’ll suffer performance and efficiency flaws. Here are four ways to properly maintain your heat pump.
1. Read the Manufacturer’s Manual
Heat pump manufacturers provide resourceful manuals to help users take good care of the appliance. Each heat pump has unique maintenance needs, and users can find this information from the manual.
You should go through the user manual to determine the critical warnings, instructions, and recommendations. Some manuals feature insights into changing filters, cleaning the unit, and protecting it from the elements.
Going through the user manual can help you identify what you can/can’t do and how to diagnose specific issues. Make sure you follow all manufacturer recommendations to get the best performance from your unit.
2. Replace Air Filters As Needed
Air filters prevent dust, pollen, and other airborne compounds/contaminants from entering the delicate parts of the unit. The filters will get clogged over time and require routine cleaning and replacing to maintain heat pump efficiency and air quality.
As a general rule, you should replace air filters every month to prevent excess build-up. Each user has unique needs, so you can change filters more frequently depending on your environment and requirements.
Schedule inspections after bad weather and when you notice performance dips or increasing energy bills. If your filters have build-up, you can clean them or buy a new one.
3. Service Every Twelve Months
It’s important that you service your heat pump every 12 months. A typical service includes cleaning, lubricating, and straightening various parts to restore previous form and function.
Servicing is about inspecting the entire system for loose, faulty, and worn-out parts to restore optimal performance. Here are some of the popular services a heat pump technician will offer for the annual service:
• Change or clean air filters
• Clean and disinfect system coils, drainpipes, and condensate pumps
• Test and fix the system’s electrical circuit
• Review the systems fault diagnostics
• Check for refrigerant gas leaks
• Review temperature readings and noise levels
• Assess systems operation
4. Call for Prompt Inspection
Proper heat pump maintenance calls for regular inspections to identify issues early and protect the unit from further inefficiencies. A bent fan blade can reduce the cooling efficiency, overheating and overworking the unit.
If you notice strange sounds, reduced efficiency, or other signs of an issue, it’s important to involve experts promptly. Calling a technician to assess the condition of your heat pump can keep your unit functioning optimally all year round.
Don’t skip on annual maintenance and servicing. You can also learn more about the heat pump model and when to call in expert help. The goal is to ensure maintenance requirements are met on time to prevent costly breakdowns.
Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance
If you are looking to install a new heat pump, consider the maintenance schedules and requirements. A properly installed heat pump will last many years with low maintenance and no issues.
At Brush Heating & Cooling LLC, we offer premium-quality services to protect and maintain your units. Our HVAC experts are ready to help you achieve the best installations and cost-effective maintenance schedules.