Heat pumps provide such seamless comfort to our homes year round that we often forget that these hard working machines require a little TLC every once in a while. The fall is a great time to perform some simple maintenance tasks on your heat pump. Here are four tasks every heat pump operator should perform:
1) Change the Filter: Hopefully you already know that you should be changing your heat pump’s filter regularly, as often as once a month. A clean filter makes your system run more efficiently and can help the heat pump have a nice long life. Read 5 Common Questions about Replacing Your Home Air Filter for more information.
If you have a hard time remembering when it’s time to change your filter, you may want to consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Many of these thermostats offer the ability to remind you of routine maintenance tasks, like changing your filter. Learn more about smart thermostats by reading our Knowledge Center article, Is a Smart Thermostat for You?
2) Clean Off Outdoor Coils: You should check the outdoor coils of your heat pump regularly to ensure that they are free of debris, such as leaves, pine needles, and vegetation. Checking the coils in late fall after all the leaves are off the trees is a must! Clean coils mean more efficient heat pump operation.
3) Clean You Ducts: Since your heat pump is running year round, you may not think much about needing to clean your ducts. But at least once or twice a year, make sure that your ducts are free of obstructions, vacuum out floor ducts, and make sure that the register’s fins are straight. If you find bent, ones either straighten it out or replace the register.
4) Schedule Routine Maintenance: Your heat pump works hard all throughout the winter to keep your warm. Make sure that stays in top shape by having an HVAC technician perform routine maintenance on the system at least once a year. Early to mid-fall (i.e right now) can be a good time to have your heat pump serviced, so that your technician can check both the heating and cooling capabilities of the system without any discomfort to you. Your technician will do the following:
- Inspect ducts, blowers, and indoor and outdoor coils
- Ensure the correct refrigerant charge and check for refrigerant leaks
- Verify electrical control and proper thermostat operation
- Lubricate motors, inspect belts, and inspect and clean electrical terminal.
When it comes to heat pump maintenance and repairs, Alpharetta’s Gagne Heating and Air has the metro-Atlanta area covered. Our NATE certified technicians offer you professional service and emergency heating repairs anytime day or night.
We also offer peace of mind with preventative maintenance agreements for those in the greater Atlanta and Alpharetta areas with our Gagne Comfort club; contact us today for more information on these agreements or regular heat pump maintenance.