There’s no doubt that heat pumps are an energy-efficient choice for homes in the Coastal Bend area. However, some of that energy efficiency can be lost if you don’t schedule seasonal heat pump maintenance. Regular maintenance helps maximize your energy usage and protect your equipment against major problems that require repair.
In general, seasonal heat pump maintenance can be divided into the tasks you can do yourself, and the tasks that require a professional service call. Since heat pumps only function when air can move through the system, you want to avoid anything that might stop air movement. Regularly checking and cleaning or replacing the heat pump’s filters is one of the simplest steps you can take to keep your heat pump working properly. You can also make sure that the area around your outside condenser/compressor is free of plants or other objects that might impede airflow to the unit. You may occasionally need to clean out dust or grass clippings from the outside coils. This can usually be done with a simple garden hose lightly rinsing the coils from top to bottom. Do not spray the coils from outside, this will pack the dirt and debris into the coil and can make it worse.
Heat pumps also require maintenance that’s best left to a trained professional. The electrical connections need to be checked, cleaned and tightened periodically to ensure efficient performance and avoid potential fire hazards. Your ducts should be inspected and any leaks fixed, as should your refrigerant charge. Lubricating the motor and checking and adjusting the belts also helps extend the life of your heat pump. The service technician can clean hard-to-reach coils, filters and blower components.
Mathews CCAC Inc. offers a Peak Efficiency Service Agreements that includes inspections of your HVAC system, a 15 percent discount on services and supplies and freedom from paying overtime for emergency calls after hours. In addition, you get the peace of mind of knowing that your heat pump will work for you when you need it the most. Annual service not only helps your heat pump work more efficiently, but it also extends the life of your equipment.
For more information on seasonal heat pump maintenance or any other HVAC issues in the Corpus Christi area, contact Mathews CCAC Inc. today.
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