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Regular heat pump maintenance not only extends the life span of your heat pump but also elevates the comfort of your living space. Also, routine maintenance helps identify any pump malfunction before it escalates. Regarding energy consumption, a well-maintained unit consumes about 25% less energy compared to poorly maintained units.

DIY heating pump maintenance checklist

While we recommend that you request HVAC services when needed, observing the following practices will help maintain your heat pump:

  • Avoid setting the thermostat below 65ºF during the warm season or below 70ºF during the cooling season.
  • Make sure your heat pump is at least 4 inches above the ground. This allows for proper drainage.
  • Clean or change the air filters monthly or as needed
  • Regularly check your heat pump for snow build-up during the winter
  • Clean the coils on your unit as soon as they appear dirty
  • If you have an outdoor unit, make sure the area around it is clean and free of any foliage. Keep shrubs and plants at least 20 inches away from your unit.

Dealer maintenance

During your preventive maintenance appointment, the R & D Heating and Cooling technician will closely examine the heat pump for any signs of repairs. A dealer’s heating pump maintenance checklist includes:

  • Electrical connections including the pump’s relays, contractors, and capacitors. The technician will tighten any loose connections to minimize chances of compressor and motor failures as well as electrical hazards.
  • Lubrication to reduce energy losses through friction and resistance.
  • Startup, shutdown and other pump control tests to ensure that each control is functioning as it should. The technician will also be on the lookout for unusual vibrations and noises as the unit shuts off or turns on.
  • The condition of the unit’s air filters
  • The state of the motor and blower wheels. The technician will check on the motor to ascertain that it draws in required amperage and clean blower wheels to reduce energy wastage.
  • Alignment of the pump’s components including the pulley and belts.
  • Checking for consistent coil temperatures.
  • Checking on the crankcase to minimize the chances of compressor damage.
  • The state and positioning of the unit’s panels.
  • Checking on the refrigerant charge and leaks.
  • Based on the findings and the improvements they will suggest any repairs or improvements your unit might need.

If you need a repair, you can schedule it here.

How often should you schedule preventive heat pump maintenance?

Experts recommend that you have your heat pump serviced twice every year. This is so because unlike other climate control systems which experience heavy use during one season and mostly stay idle for the rest of the year, heat pumps are used both in the summer and the winter. It would be ideal to have your unit serviced during the spring and fall of each year.

R&D Heating and Cooling understands that your home’s comfort is dependent on the efficiency, and reliability of your heat pump. We are a Nate Certified and a 5-star rated company that provides heat pump installation, maintenance, and repair services. Get in touch with us at 610-364-5569 or click here schedule a maintenance appointment.

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Buying a furnace is no small investment, and like any major decision, demands a certain amount of thought before making a final choice.

Here are 10 considerations you should have completely thought out before making the decision about the furnace you purchase, and some questions you should ask yourself about each one, courtesy of the team at R&D Heating and Cooling:


1. System Type

Do you need a split system furnace or a packaged HVAC unit? Split HVAC components are the more common choice, in which there is an indoor and outdoor unit in use. Packaged HVAC systems are better for residences without much extra room in crawlspaces, basements, or closets for bulky heating and cooling systems.


2. Indoor Air Quality

When it’s time to replace your old furnace, there are other things to consider as well. For example, have you ever had your indoor air quality checked? When was the last time you had your ductwork cleaned? No matter the age of your furnace, air being pushed through unclean ducts and filters can present the added risk of respiratory illness on the occupants of your home or office.


3. Zoning Systems

Do you have a particularly large home or office? Does the climate tend to vary greatly in different parts of your space? When your heating and cooling needs are more complicated, you need a furnace with a zoning system. This splits different parts in your home up among different thermostats, meaning that you can stay comfortable in one part without sacrificing comfort in another.


4. Fuel Source

How old is your home? If you live in an old home, you may not have gas lines, meaning that your choices are an electric furnace or an old-fashioned propane-powered furnace. If not, gas and electric are the two most affordable, cleanest fuels to provide heat throughout your home or business in the winter. Electric heat is the cleanest but may cost more than gas heat, the most common source of energy for residential furnaces.


5. Blower Speed

Do you find yourself needing certain rooms heated nearly constantly? This can be solved by an upgrade in the blower speed of your furnace. Fixed speed blowers only distribute air at one speed, while variable speed blowers can offer an enhanced efficiency in creating comfortable living and working spaces.


6. Installation

Do you have a team that you trust to handle installation? A furnace and/or any other HVAC equipment is only as reliable as the team you use to install it. At R&D Heating and Cooling, you get access to experienced furnace installation experts.




7. Pricing

What’s your budget for a new furnace? Do you know how much a high-quality furnace will cost you? Buying a cheaper option may seem economical in the short run, but over time the costs of additional maintenance and the likely need to replace it faster than higher-quality models may cost you more.


8. Size

How much space do you have for a new furnace? If the answer is “not a lot” you may want to consider a packaged HVAC unit. If you’re replacing a furnace as part of a split system, you may want to stay with the more common choice, although switching to a packaged system may save some space.


9. Warranty

Make sure that when you purchase a new furnace, you get the equipment and installation with a great warranty. At R&D Heating and Cooling, we offer warranties on all our installation, as well as manufacturer’s warranties on the equipment we install.


10. Rebate and Incentives

Look for specials like incentives and rebates from the company you choose for installation of your new furnace. Check out the specials that we offer right now at R&D Heating and Cooling!

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Even the highest quality heating and cooling systems need to be replaced after a certain amount of time, but the specific amount of time depends on the type of HVAC system in your home. A standard HVAC system, whether it involves a heat pump or furnace as a heating generator, will last somewhere between 15 and 20 years on average.

Don’t know old your HVAC is? Here are three signs that it’s time to replace your HVAC unit, courtesy of the experts at R&D Heating and Cooling:


1. A Noticeable Rise in Gas or Electric Costs

Over time, your heating and cooling unit will become less and less efficient. You won’t be able to tell by looking at it, but you’re likely to notice when it shows up on your energy bills.

Whether your home is heated using gas or electricity, the first time you’re likely to notice when winter rolls around. Our region might not get consistently hot enough in the summer that your HVAC is running constantly to cool your home, but it’s likely that in the coldest parts of January and February, there will be stretches where you’re heating your home for weeks on end. During these times, you’ll start to notice a major increase in electricity costs.

Do your due diligence to make sure it isn’t caused by other factors: a colder winter than usual, for example, or a faulty thermostat, but most likely, it’s due to the age of your home’s HVAC.

You may be tempted to repair the unit, and this may be effective for a while, but in the long run, it will be cost-effective to replace the whole system.


2. Declining Indoor Air Quality

Old HVAC units, filters, and air vents can cause a major decrease in indoor air quality. Those won’t be immediately noticeable but at a certain point, you might notice that you and/or occupants of your household or business having more difficulty breathing normally. Sometimes the cause of this is faulty ventilation or a dirty filter. Other times, it’s a sign that you need a new heating and cooling system.

The first step is to have HVAC experts perform an indoor air quality audit, and an inspection of your vents, filters, and HVAC units. Once air quality drops to a certain point, replacing the entire system makes more financial sense than trying to repair the problem. The experts at R&D Heating and Cooling can advise on the steps to take improve your air quality while making a decision that will save you time and money in the future.


3. Ineffective Heating and Cooling

Sometimes the symptoms of an HVAC unit that needs to be replaced is as simple as not feeling comfortable in your home or office. Maybe in the past, your heat or AC made it very easy to warm up or cool down in the appropriate seasons, but lately, you’ve felt less and less comfortable while watching your energy bills slowly increase.

This likely means that your HVAC system is working harder than before to less effect, usually because of age. When this equipment makes it past 10 to 12 years old, you’ll notice that it will start to work less efficiently, costing you more, and causing you to be less comfortable.

The team at R&D Heating and Cooling are experienced in dealing with residential and commercial HVAC equipment. If you notice one of these things happening, give us a call, and we’ll tell you definitively, whether it’s time to replace your HVAC unit.


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