Heat Pump Maintenance: What’s Necessary and Why It’s Important
by Greg Leisgang on March 14, 2014
Posted in: Heat Pumps
When it comes to a residential heat pump, Cincinnati homeowners can expect one to last 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Learning how to maintain your home's heat pump isn't difficult and will save you money now and in the future.
Here are five tasks homeowners can do to keep a heat pump running efficiently:
- Inspect and change filters once a month. Your heat pump depends on continuous airflow to run efficiently. If the air filter gets clogged, it will cause the system to work harder, driving up energy costs. It will also increase system wear and tear, which shortens a heat pump's life span.
- Clean the supply and return registers regularly. Dust in the fins can block airflow in and out of the house, which has the same effect as clogged filters.
- Make sure nothing is blocking the registers. Relocating a chair or table over a register can block air flowing in and out of a room. This can make the room uncomfortable and reduce the system efficiency.
- Clean the outdoor unit as needed. Dirt and dust can accumulate on the coils and fan. Turn off the power to the unit. Clean the coils and fan. Take the time to remove any plant growth around the unit. This keeps air flowing and makes the unit run more efficiently.
- Have a HVAC professional perform an annual inspection and tuneup. The technician will inspect the system for any blockages, verify airflow and refrigerant levels, check for leaks, lubricate motors and verify thermostat efficiency. All of this keeps the system running efficiently. The inspection may turn up a minor problem before it becomes major.
By maintaining a heat pump, Cincinnati homeowners will prolong the life span of the equipment and keep repair costs to a minimum. If you need a heat pump inspection or repair, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve our neighbors in the greater Cincinnati area.
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