Keeping Your Heat Pump In Prime Shape: What Your Service Technician Should Do, And What You Can Do Yourself

Keeping Your Heat Pump In Prime Shape: What Your Service Technician Should Do, And What You Can Do Yourself

Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping your heat pump operating better, longer and with greater efficiency. Annual maintenance checks help you keep track of the unit’s condition so minor issues can be fixed before they become major problems. A well-maintained heat pump will consume 10 to 25 percent less energy than a similar unit that has been neglected.

Preventive maintenance is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your heat pump in top condition. You can do many of the maintenance tasks yourself, while others are best left to your HVAC service technician.

Four Things You Can Do

  • Clean and change filters: Dirty filters interfere with airflow and are a major source of failure. Regularly cleaning and changing filters helps your heat pump operate more efficiently.
  • Clean coils and outdoor unit: Clean interior and exterior coils to maintain proper air flow. Check outdoor coils and the exterior unit and remove accumulations of dirt, leaves, sticks, grass and other debris.
  • Clean and lubricate fan: Wipe away dust, lint or dirt and oil the fan to keep it turning smoothly.
  • Clean registers and vents: Clean dirt, dust, dander, lint and other material from supply and return registers and vents. Keep particulates from accumulating in the vents to stop them from being drawn back into the unit or blown back out into the interior air.

What Your Service Technician Will Do

  • Inspect and seal ducts to cut down on air leaks and energy losses
  • Inspect blowers
  • Check for refrigerant leaks and add refrigerant where needed
  • Calibrate thermostat to make sure the unit cools or heats to set levels
  • Clean and tighten electrical connections
  • Tighten belts
  • Lubricate motors
  • Check and verify electrical controls to make certain the furnace kicks in and shuts off when it should
  • Verify proper overall unit operation

If you have questions about maintenance for your heat pump, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly provide HVAC services to residential and commercial customers in Peachtree City and north-central Georgia.

Our goal is to help educate our customers 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.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

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