Your home’s heat pump is one of your most significant investments, and as such, you should ensure that it gets regular TLC from your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor. Most HVAC experts agree that your heat pump should be tuned up at least once a year, and if you haven’t scheduled preventive maintenance already, there is no better time than now. That way, you can rest assured that your heat pump will perform efficiently and effectively all winter long.
Why schedule a heat pump tuneup?
After working hard all summer to keep you and your loved ones cool, your heat pump could use a little TLC and maintenance before going into full gear to keep you warm during the cooler winter nights. If neglected, your equipment will be bogged down by dirt that builds up, which can lead to serious problems, including an overheating of your heat pump or a complete system failure. A dirty system also reduces efficiency and adds unnecessary strain to your motor, which can cause it to consume more energy. However, you often can avoid these issues by having your HVAC contractor perform regular preventive maintenance on your equipment, much like you have regular oil changes performed on your car.
During a preventive maintenance visit, your technician will:
- Check out the indoor air handler for any build up of dirt, and will clean it thoroughly. A dirty evaporator coil is one of the leading causes of poor efficiency.
- Inspect the belt and blower motor. Your technician will make adjustments to the belt, if necessary, and lubricate the motor and pulley bearings.
- Clean the outdoor condenser unit. If your outside unit is dirty, your system will waste energy as it struggles to operate properly.
- Inspect the system for proper refrigerant levels and pressure, and check for leaks.
- Look over all electrical components for corrosion, safety, and functionality. Your contractor should remove corrosion, and tighten terminal wires.
- Ensure that the thermostat is operating properly.
- Inspect air ducts for leaks and measure airflow. Leaks are a major cause of reduced indoor air quality and efficiency loss.
To schedule heat pump maintenance, or for other HVAC issues, contact the professionals at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers in eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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