How to Take Care of Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps are a necessity during the cold winter weather.  A heat pump has two parts: the indoor and the outdoor parts. Both of these parts need to be taken care of equally to ensure perfect functionality. Here is a guide on how to take care of your heat pump:

Clean the Air filters

Clean the air filters, especially during the cold and hot seasons because that’s when your system operates the most. Replace your filters after about 6 weeks or so even if they don’t have any problems. Dirty filters, fans, and coils will reduce or block airflow to your system. This will, in turn, overwork your heat pump as it has to increase its energy consumption leading to operational inefficiencies and problems with the system’s compressor.

Check Heat Pump Settings

Most heat pumps’ thermostats have three settings: cool, heat, and emergency heat settings. Heat and cool settings are straightforward, but the emergency heat mode is only be used when the pump is covered in ice or broken down.  Switching to emergency heat bypasses the heat pump and uses the backup furnace. The heating system automatically switches to the backup furnace when temperatures are too low. Don’t set the thermostat to manual settings since it can cause the backup heating system to run fulltime, leading to higher operational costs.

Clean the Indoor and the Outdoor

Remove branches, wash the debris out, and remove snow from your outdoor unit. If any components are torn or burned, make sure you repair or replace them. If all components look good, apply non-conductive coating for preventative measures. Check to see if the electrical connections, oil motors, and belts are tight to prevent fire hazards.

Last but not least, schedule a heat pump service with a professional firm at least once a year and always contact a professional in case of any problem with your heat pump.

At Air Bourne Air, we specialize in heating and cooling services. Contact us today if you want your heating systems serviced, installed, or repaired, or if you have any questions about heating and cooling systems.