Why Money-Smart People Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance Right Now

September 21, 2016

When would you expect the Royals to start prepping for the big games? 

Hopefully, they prepare before the season, not during or afterwards, right?
 
The same goes for preparing your heat pump for the cold season: you want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape now, so that you’re not stuck with a lackluster unit in the middle of winter.
 
And heat pumps desperately need maintenance since they run twice as much as normal air conditioners or furnaces.
 
But if you schedule heat pump maintenance now, you’ll most likely save yourself a lot of money this winter.
 
Don’t believe us? Here are 3 reasons you’ll save money if you get your heat pump maintained now.

Reason #1: Improved efficiency

According to Energy.gov, a neglected heat pump can be anywhere from 10% to 25% less energy-efficient than one that is regularly maintained

Over time a heat pump loses efficiency from small wear and tear issues. A maintenance visit fixes those small issues as they pop up, keeping your unit healthy and as efficient as possible. This saves you a lot of money in energy costs in the long run.
 
One thing you can do on your own to keep your heat pump energy efficient is to check and replace your filter regularly. We suggest keeping a reminder to check the filter every 1-3 months.
 
Related: Dirty Air Filter: How it Will Kill Your Home’s Air Conditioner
 
While replacing your filter is an easy DIY task, a tech will need to check for (and fix) the following issues that affect efficiency:

  • Lack of lubrication on motors, wheels, etc.
  • Foliage, debris, dirt, etc. “suffocating” outdoor unit
  • Thermostat settings being used improperly
  • Refrigerant leaks
  • Dirty evaporator coils
  • Dirty blower wheels

Reason #2: Prevent expensive, frequent repairs

The majority of repairs we see pop up during heating season could have been prevented by a (less expensive) maintenance appointment.
 
You see, over time, your heat pump will start to wear down from the stress of running year-round. And small problems from this stress can snowball into big, expensive repairs if they aren’t caught early on. 
 
The good news? Our technicians are trained to spot those small issues and fix them immediately during maintenance calls.
 
For example, dirt can collect over time on your evaporator coils. Small problem at first right? A little dirt never hurt anyone. 
 
Well, let’s take a closer look at how this small problem quickly turns into an expensive issue:

Step 1: Dirt on refrigerant coils accumulates 
Step 2: The thick layer of dirt insulates the coil, preventing it from absorbing heat from the outdoor air
Step 3: Refrigerant coils drop in temperature and eventually ice over (at this point you’re looking at up to $1,200 if you need to replace the coils)
Step 4: If the problem isn’t fixed, this will eventually damage your compressor, which can cost you anywhere from $1,200 to $1,800 to replace
 
The painful part? That dirt could have been removed in less than 10 minutes during a maintenance call had it been spotted months ago. 

Reason #3: Increases your unit’s lifespan

Maintaining your heat pump extends its lifespan, saving you the $5,300 it costs to replace a neglected unit.

According to the Department of Energy, a heat pump should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. But manufacturers account for well-maintained units when they estimate the lifespan of their heat pumps.
 
So, if you choose not to have your heat pump maintained, don’t expect your unit to last this long. If you constantly let small issues slide when it comes to your heat pump’s health, the unit will wear out and need to be replaced much sooner than it should.
 
To give you a better idea of what affects the price of a new heat pump, check out our article, “How Much Does A New Heat Pump Cost in Kansas City?”

Ready for your heat pump maintenance call?

Ready to get your heat pump in tip-top shape before winter rolls around? 

Santa Fe offers various maintenance plans that fit your budget while keeping your HVAC system healthy and efficient.
 
Just sign up for your regularly scheduled maintenance program today!


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