Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Heat Pump

Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Home's Heat PumpHeat pumps are exceptionally energy efficient and are able to deliver comfortable, conditioned air during the cooling months, especially if they’re well-maintained. Keep reading to learn how to operate and maintain your heat pump for maximum comfort in your Palm Beach County home.

Operating Tips

Free airflow across the system’s indoor evaporator coil drives efficient heat exchange and helps prevent ice accumulation in the cooling mode. Check each room to make sure the supply registers and return grills aren’t obstructed by furnishings, drapes or other objects. Additionally, doors should be open in rooms without any return grills.

Do you sometimes see the “auxiliary” or “emergency” heat indicator light appear on your thermostat? If so, your thermostat isn’t designed for heat pumps. This means that every time you turn your thermostat back to save energy, expensive backup heat negates any savings your turn-back period may have garnered. To resolve this issue, upgrade to a programmable thermostat compatible with your system.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump

Neglected HVAC systems can increase energy consumption by up to 40 percent. Here are a few simple tasks that can help keep energy bills down and comfort up:

  • Change or clean your air filter as suggested by the manufacturer. You can use a high-quality filter to protect HVAC components.
  • Keep your outdoor cabinet free of vegetation and debris, which can obstruct airflow.
  • Spray your outdoor cabinet with a garden hose each season.
  • Vacuum your supply registers and return grills evert season.

Professional Preventive Maintenance

Your heat pump also needs a semiannual professional maintenance inspection to drive peak performance. Essential components, such as electrical relays, demand-defrost and condensate drainage, need to be inspected. Next, your refrigerant charge should be measured, and your coils and piping should be inspected for leaks.

Is your ductwork or compressor making strange noises? Your HVAC technician will check all of your system’s components to help prevent expensive repairs and high energy bills.

Make sure to schedule heat pump maintenance with an HVAC professional near your Martin County home by contacting NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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