Maintaining Your Heat Pump

If you have a heat pump in your home you know how much it cost to install and you likely treat it as an investment in your home. While heat pumps won’t break the bank they do cost about the same amount as many other large household appliances. Like most investments you want to take proper care of your heat pump, which is why maintaining your heat pump is so important.

Air Conditioner Pro has the experience to proper take care of your heat pump, so you can rely on it to heat your space in the winter and cool your home in the summer as many heat pumps double as ductless air conditioners in the summertime.

We’ve got over 30 years of experience which means we have the knowledge to work on all makes and models of heat pumps and ductless air conditioners. Whether you have an older unit that needs a detailed amount of specialized care every year or a newer more modern ductless unit, we can take care of it for you.

Contact us today for more information about heat pump maintenance and ductless air conditioner maintenance: 647-547-4049

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Spring is right around the corner and for us that means an influx of customer calls and emails all saying the same thing: Fix My Ductless Air Conditioner.

Spring is one of our busiest seasons in the ductless air conditioner industry and it’s in large part to the “fix my ductless air conditioner” requests. So, why do we have so many of these specific requests in the spring?

Why?: Fix My Ductless Air Conditioner

Many clients don’t take proper care of their ductless air conditioners throughout the winter, which can lead to prolonged use without proper maintenance or care. This, as you may guess, can lead to parts wearing down, filters getting clogged, small issues turning into bigger problems or a variety of other issues.

For the most part, it’s important to ensure your ductless air conditioner gets a proper ductless maintenance appointment during the winter. Many of our customers use their ductless air conditioners in the colder months to filter the air in their homes, circulate the air in specific rooms or even to provide cooling if for some reason their house is too hot.

On top of that, if your ductless air conditioner is actually a heat pump you may be using it for supplemental heating in the fall and winter. That means it definitely needs at least one seasonal maintenance appointment to ensure that it’s ready for spring and summer.

Overall, regular maintenance is the best way to avoid repairs to your ductless air conditioners, but if you do end up needing repairs you’ve come to the right place.

The “Fix My Ductless Air Conditioner” Experts

Air Conditioner Pro ductless air conditioning technicians have the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your ductless air conditioner is fixed right the first time. If you just need a maintenance appointment we can help too. Just give us a call and we’ll be there in no time: 647-547-4049 

As energy costs continually rise, we as homeowners are constantly looking for ways to save money around the house and energy savings are an easy and obvious way. For the most part updating light bulbs, insulation in the walls, new appliances and some other features is a great way to save energy, but tuning up existing appliances is also key. Your heat pump is no exception. Properly maintaining your heat pump can go a long way in terms of its efficiency, operation and longevity.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump Will Save Energy

It’s simple, maintaining your heat pump will save energy. Annual maintenance will keep your heat pump running as efficiently as possible. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%. That can be hundreds of dollars a year in savings. Imagine what else you could spend that money on!

Filters are important to change as soon as they’re dirty. A clogged filter slows down air flow and forces your heat pump to work harder to move air, whether it’s hot or cold. By working harder your heat pump is using more energy and costing you more each month on your energy bills. Maintaining your heat pump will address dirty filters, coils and fans and help air move as it was intended to. In addition to affecting efficiency, reduced airflow can damage your heat pump’s compressor.

Cleaning around the outdoor condenser unit is also an important part of maintaining your heat pump. Keeping bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers, patio furniture, umbrellas, fallen leaves and anything else away from your heat pump will ensure that it has proper airflow to perform its necessary operations.

Managing Your Heat Pump With A Thermostat

When it comes to your heat pump’s thermostat it’s important to set it properly. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on. Most backup heating systems cost much more to operate than your high efficiency heat pump. On top of that if you continuously run the indoor fan your heat pump performance will degrade over time, unless your system uses a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Operate the system on the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat, to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the fan motor and components. Consider installing (or have a professional install) a programmable thermostat with multistage functions suitable for a heat pump. Overall, thermostats are an important part of maintaining your heat pump long term.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump – Annual Maintenance

One of the most important things you can do to keep your heat pump running properly and efficiently is to have a professional HVAC technician service your heat pump at least once a year. A Air Conditioner Pro HVAC technician will:

  • Inspect ducts, filters, blower components, and coils for dirt, dust and other things
  • Diagnose and seal duct leakage
  • Verify adequate airflow in all areas
  • Verify correct refrigerant charge in the heat pump
  • Check for refrigerant leaks in many different locations
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply make necessary repairs
  • Lubricate motors and inspect belts for tightness, and wear and tear
  • Verify electrical controls and ensure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
  • Verify correct thermostat operation and replace or upgrade thermostat if necessary

For more information about maintaining your heat pump or to schedule an annual maintenance appointment contact a Air Conditioner Pro HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049.