Your heat pump will operate at its highest potential if you maintain it properly. A heat pump that runs well will save you energy and money. The difference in efficiency between a pump that receives yearly maintenance and one that is never serviced can be as much as 25 percent. You can do a couple of things to keep your system in good shape, but regular maintenance by an HVAC contractor is even more important.
As an owner of a heat pump, you can clean or change the filter once a month in between scheduled maintenance. You can also clean the outdoor coils when they begin to show signs of buildup. Keeping vegetation away from your heat pump will also make sure it runs smoothly.
When you have professional service performed, preferably in the spring and fall, you should expect the contractor to include the following nine-point checklist in the maintenance routine to keep your heat pump working well:
- Check the duct work, indoor coil, blower, and filters for dirt. Anything that appears soiled should be cleaned.
- Inspect the duct work for leaks and make necessary repairs.
- Make sure enough airflow is traveling through the system by conducting a formal measurement.
- Verify the refrigerant charge for effective cooling in the summer.
- Check the system for refrigerant leaks. Repair any that are found and replace the proper amount of refrigerant.
- Inspect all electric terminals. If any connections are loose, tighten them. Clean anything that requires it and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary.
- Check the belts for tightness, replace any that are overly worn, and lubricate the motors.
- Verify accurate electric control and make sure heating and cooling elements can’t come on at the same time.
- Inspect the thermostat and make sure it’s operable.
With all of these points completed, you can rest assured that your system will function at its peak for the next several months. The peace of mind, lower chance of system failure, and prevention of costly repairs made possible by regular preventive maintenance are well worth the small investment you will make. To schedule service or ask a question, contact Santa Fe Air Conditioning & Heating.