Helpful Home Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

Helpful Home Heat Pump Maintenance TipsA heat pump doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance to keep up its efficiency and performance. Most homeowners choose a heat pump because it reduces operating costs, eliminates combustion issues and consolidates both heating and cooling functions into a single unit. Heat pumps are maintenance-dependent, however. Compared to a gas furnace, a heat pump can save up to 30 percent on energy costs, assuming regular maintenance. A unit that doesn’t receive proper upkeep, conversely, may consume up to 25 percent more energy than a well-maintained unit. In addition, most manufacturer’s warranties stipulate that specified routine maintenance must be carried out to keep the warranty in force.

Changing the filter monthly and keeping the outdoor coil free of weeds and other debris are the only DIY upkeep options available to the average homeowner. Because adequate system airflow is vital in heat pumps, regular filter changes should not be neglected. For all other maintenance, professional service by a qualified technician should be performed twice a year. Here’s a typical heat pump maintenance checklist:

  • Visually inspect the condition of the system including the indoor and outdoor coils, ductwork and filters.
  • If excessive duct leakage is suspected, pressure test the ducts to determine the extent of leakage and location of leaks and identify options to seal the ducts.
  • Measure the system airflow and compare to specifications.
  • Check the refrigerant charge. Inadequate refrigerant usually means a leak somewhere, so leak detection and repair will be performed if the charge is low.
  • Inspect all electrical wiring and verify connections.
  • Lubricate blower motor if required and check drive belt for proper tension and signs of wear.
  • Test the electronic lock-out controls to verify that the system lock-out is functional. In heating mode, the cooling system should be automatically locked out and vice versa.
  • Check the thermostat and calibrate if necessary. Verify that the thermostat properly signals the system to cycle on and off.
  • Restart the system and test in both heating and cooling mode.

For professional heat pump maintenance, contact Paitson Bros., Terre Haute’s established source for HVAC sales and service since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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