Why You Shouldn’t Get Spooked into Forgetting About Heat Pump Maintenance

Why You Shouldn’t Get Spooked into Forgetting About Heat Pump MaintenanceYour heat pump works hard to keep your home comfortable all year long, so regular maintenance is essential to ensure that it operates efficiently and reliably. Rather than getting spooked and neglecting heat pump maintenance, you can tackle some basic chores on your own and leave all the scary ones to an experienced, certified HVAC contractor.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

A clean air filter is critical for maintaining vital system airflow. Just follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the right size and type of replacement filter and keep a few on hand so you can check the filter monthly and replace it whenever there’s any visible dirt accumulation.

Give the Outdoor Unit Ample Breathing Room

To promote good airflow through the outdoor unit, keep a two-foot wide area around it free from dead leaves, broken branches and general yard debris. Clear away any accumulated snow in the winter, and safely melt away significant ice buildup with warm water.

Schedule Semi-Annual Preventive Care

There are a number of important tasks that your HVAC technician should tackle during a twice-yearly maintenance visit. These include:

  • Measuring the refrigerant charge, checking for leaks and recharging it if necessary.
  • Flushing the condensate drain line and cleaning the collector pan.
  • Testing the thermostat for proper function and accuracy, and making sure it’s level and connections are tight.
  • Inspecting, cleaning and lubricating the blower fan and wheel.
  • Checking the fan belts for tightness and damage.
  • Verifying that system airflow meets the manufacturer’s acceptable range.
  • Checking the electrical terminals and wiring, and tightening the connections as needed.
  • Testing the system’s electric control to prevent an accidental mode switch.
  • Checking for proper amperage on the auxiliary heat elements, and making sure they start up and shut down properly.
  • Inspecting the ductwork for blockages, damage and leaks.
  • Inspecting and cleaning the indoor and outdoor coils.
  • Initiating a defrost cycle and checking that it matches the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Servicing any supplemental heat source, such as a gas furnace.

For more expert advice or to schedule heat pump maintenance in your Middletown home, contact us today at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pump maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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