6 Heat Pump Maintenance Tips to Live By
Heat pumps are a good choice for heating and cooling your Fort Pierce home. They are extremely efficient systems that can cool your home in the hot summer months and provide heat even during the cold snaps that come through the area. Maintaining the heat pump will keep it working at its best year-round.
Change the air filters. The inside air handling unit needs a constant flow of air to work efficiently. When the filter gets clogged, it causes the air handler to work overtime just to get air through the unit.
Keep the outdoor condensing unit free from debris. If leaves, dirt, and other debris clog the intake, this will cause the unit to work less efficiently, and can lead to damage of the components.
Make sure vents inside the home are clear. If you have furniture blocking a vent, the room won’t warm or cool properly. This makes the entire system work harder.
Examine the accessible ducts for leaks or gaps. If your ducts are more than 8 to 10 years old, you need to make it a habit to check the ductwork once a year. Blocking gaps with metal tape will prevent the loss of conditioned air.
Clean the vents. When you’re changing air filters, take time to clean the air intake vents. Like the filters, if the vent gets clogged, it causes the air handler to work harder than it should.
Have an annual checkup. An HVAC technician can check the entire system and see if there are any leaks or other problems that need to be addressed. This helps the system to work more efficiently, and also prolongs its life.
Heat pumps work best in moderate climates. They are not the best option in very cold areas that require significant heating for long periods. This makes them ideal for use in our area, as we only experience cold temperatures for a few months. Even then, we don’t experience frigid temperatures like our neighbors to the north.
Keep your heat pump working efficiently with maintenance and repair services from Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. Call us today in Fort Pierce at 772-905-3358, or in West Palm Beach at 561-202-1422.