You can never go wrong with annual professional heat pump maintenance. There are indeed tasks that homeowners can do throughout the year to keep their heat pumps in optimal condition. However, without scheduling professional heat pump maintenance, you’d be creating barriers to energy efficiency, your comfort and your system’s overall health.
A professional heat pump maintenance appointment involves a full-scale inspection and cleaning of the heat pump itself, as well as related components, such as the ductwork. When you have your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor service your system regularly, you’ll reap the following benefits that a clean system affords:
- Efficiency: When your system is free of dirt and debris, it can operate as close to manufacturer specifications—and its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating—as possible. Your system’s SEER rating indicates the amount of cooling energy that your heat pump produces, compared to the energy that it consumes, during the course of a typical cooling season.
- Comfort: Your heat pump’s internal components rely on cleanliness not only to operate efficiently, but to provide sufficient comfort, too. When refrigerant levels are low or air handler blades are dirty, the system’s ability to provide cooled air decreases, along with your comfort levels.
- Life span: It’s a well-known fact in the HVAC industry that regular maintenance benefits a heat-pump system, so much so that manufacturers require it to honor a warranty. Experts agree that maintenance can extend a system’s life span by as much as five years.
Here are the steps that your technician will take during a preventive maintenance visit:
- Test the airflow through the ducts, and check for leaks
- Measure the air handler’s airflow
- Test the system’s refrigerant charge, looking for leaks
- Inspect the electrical terminals, along with cleaning and tightening any connections
- Lubricate the motor
- Test the system’s controls
- Assess the function of the thermostat
As a homeowner, you can contribute to a well-maintained heat pump by:
- Setting a temperature and leaving it there. Heat pumps consume more energy when settings fluctuate, work harder, and thereby wear out components quicker
- Changing the air filter regularly
- Cleaning the coils with a damp rag
- Keeping air registers free of obstructions
- Keeping the area around the outdoor register free of debris
If you’d like to schedule professional heat pump maintenance—and lock in its benefits—just contact Rite Way Ventilating Co.today! Serving homeowners in the Greater Tucson area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pump maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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