We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Keep Your Heat Pump Running Right With Semi-Annual Maintenance
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a neglected heat pump operating in your home will consume from 10-25 percent more energy than its well-maintained counterpart. Not only is more energy required to produce the same amount of heating or cooling but the system itself will have to work harder at its job, meaning a shortened lifespan.
Like any HVAC system, heat pumps require a certain amount of regular maintenance in order to operate at maximum efficiency and economy. Some of this maintenance you can perform yourself, while some is best handled by a qualified HVAC professional. Routine filter changes, cleaning of coils, air registers and fans, and maintaining an uncluttered, vegetation-free outside compressor cabinet area are all simple DIY operations. These steps will help in maintaining the all-important amount of airflow required to ensure optimum performance.
Since a heat pump does dual-duty, both heating and cooling, it runs all year around, making regularly scheduled maintenance and system tuneups even more important to optimal operation. Signing up with a reliable HVAC contractor for annual or semi-annual inspection and maintenance services is a cost-effective means of ensuring your system stays energy efficient in its operation, and that any small problems are discovered before they become something more serious (and expensive).
The peace of mind of knowing your system has been professionally tuned and will be less likely to break down at an inopportune time is one more benefit of contracting for regular maintenance. Typical maintenance procedures should include:
Ensuring refrigerant is the right level and not leaking
Measuring and correcting airflow
Lubricating moving parts
Emptying the condensate drain
Verifying that safety controls are operable
Checking electrical connections and tightening if necessary
Checking the blower, coils and fuses
Verifying thermostat operation and calibrating if necessary