January 29, 2019
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.
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.
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.