How to Protect and Maintain Your Home’s Heat Pump
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Posted February 28, 2018
If you have a central heating and cooling system, then you have heat pumps in your home. They are great for generating heat and saving you money on your monthly energy bill. Instead of just creating the heat in your home, they move the heat that is already present as an energy efficient solution. Did you know that if you aren’t taking advantage of a well-maintained heat pump, you could be using 10% to 25% more energy? That can add up over time! We’ve got some tips below for do-it-yourself maintenance to ensure you are getting the most value out of your home’s heat pump.
General Heat Pump Maintenance
You might not always think to do it, but paying attention to your unit’s manual could save you time and money. Maintaining your heat pump based on the manufacturer’s recommendation is a great first step and will ensure the best output from your system. Spend some time inspecting and cleaning your filters about once a month or as needed. Any dirty filters, fans or coils can decrease the efficiency of your unit as a whole. If you see any bent fins while cleaning, carefully straighten them out to allow fans to run smoothly. These small tasks can prevent significant damage to your heat pump over time! For more cleaning information, check out our blog post on how to clean your heat pump condenser coils
Prevent Excess Build-up
Make it a habit to check up on your unit after particularly bad weather occurs. In the winter months, you’ll need to keep any excess snow, ice or leaves away from your heating and cooling unit. If you notice any excess build-up, make sure to practice caution while cleaning the unit. Make sure to turn the heat off and try pouring some warm water over the unit to melt any ice. This will help in the overall performance of your heat pump. Read more on how to protect your heat pump from snow & ice. Of course, you always have the option to install a cover or protection system over your unit. This will help make sure ice, snow or debris will slide right off.
Pay Attention to the Unit Placement
The placement of your unit is just as important as the steps above. Take a moment to check that it isn’t located directly under a leaky gutter or any other source of dripping water. In colder months, any dripping water can freeze causing significant issues with your heating. Along with proper location, heat pumps have specific elevation requirements. They should also be at least four inches off the ground allowing for proper drainage under the unit. If you aren’t sure your unit is in the most suitable location or you’d like to have better placement, then contact your local heating & cooling technician for advice today.
It’s always a good idea to call an HVAC technician to check out your unit for any heat pump repair and central heating and cooling system maintenance once a year. The best way to save time and money on repairs is through preventative maintenance! A professional service technician will do a more thorough check-up, and catch any potential or serious issues that you may have missed, saving you money in the long-run. Our Happy Hiller Club home maintenance tune ups are the perfect solution for cost and efficiency savings with all your home appliances. Plus, with our new True Transparency Pricing, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for with every service visit from us.
Paying attention to your home’s heat pump, and performing small maintenance tasks every few months can help make sure your home stays warm all winter long without any costly issues! If you notice any problems with your heat pump or central heating and cooling system, contact Hiller, your local service technician, and have a qualified technician to your home in no time!