Your heat pump serves an important purpose in your life: heating and cooling your home! Your unit should last you for decades to come, and regular maintenance can help it last even longer. It can also help small issues from becoming big problems that require pricey repairs. If you take care of your heat pump, it will save you energy, money, and time. Arthur Hagar offers professional maintenance and HVAC repair services all year to make sure you stay comfortable. Read on for five tips to help extend the life of your heat pump and call Arthur Hagar today for an estimate!
1. Check Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters are the biggest, most common problem with malfunctioning heat pumps. Dust, dirt, and debris can block or reduce airflow. Not only does this prevent you from feeling the full heating or cooling power of your heat pump system, it also overworks the system and decreases its overall performance. If you’re having problems with your heat pump, check you air filters first and make sure it’s not an issue fixed simply by a trip to your local hardware store. To prevent any problems in the first place, you should check your filters once or twice a month.
2. Check Your Ductwork and Listen for Unusual Noises
Poor airflow can also be caused by leaking ductwork. Regardless of the cause, the effect is the same: your heat pump has to work harder to keep up, the system’s efficiency drops, and your energy bills rise.
You should also pay attention to any strange noises you hear from your system. Rattling, squeaking, grinding, or banging sounds indicate serious problems. For your safety, this is a problem you should leave to the professionals like Arthur Hagar. Call us today to schedule a service call!
3. Clean The Outdoor Unit
The outdoor component of your heat pump is key to the system’s success. You should periodically check the outdoor coils and clean them if they appear dirty. Clear away any clutter or vegetation — any obstructions can seriously hamper the efficiency of your system. You should also clean the supply and return registers into your home and straighten the fins if bent.
4. Schedule Maintenance with a Professional Technician
The best way to keep your heat pump in great shape for decades to come is to schedule professional maintenance with Arthur Hagar at least once a year. We can check for all the problems mentioned above and handle more complex issues. Your HVAC service professional will:
- Check the airflow of your system
- Inspect your system for dirt and blockages
- Inspect your ductwork and seal any leaks
- Check the refrigerant levels
- Inspect electric connections and clean and tighten them if necessary
- Tighten the system belts and check them for wear and tear
- Check that your thermostat is working correctly
Stay comfortable in every season and save money by properly maintaining your heat pump. You should check your air filters every month, be aware of airflow problems or unusual noises, and clean your outdoor unit periodically. Prevent small issues from becoming expensive problems with yearly maintenance and repair with Arthur Hagar. Call today to schedule a service call for your home!