Your heat pump air conditioner requires regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help you save money on your energy costs.
In fact, studies show that the difference in energy consumption between a well-maintained heat pump and a neglected one ranges from 10 to 25 percent.
Professional A/C Maintenance
Once a year, it’s important to have a qualified HVAC professional perform comprehensive service on your heat pump. The technician will:
- Check all unit components for dirt or buildup, including ductwork, filters, coils and blower
- Inspect refrigerant and ductwork for leakage and repair any leaks that are found
- Verify and measure airflow for adequacy and refrigerant for proper charges
- Clean and tighten electric terminals as needed, and apply nonconductive coating
- Inspect belts for wear and lubricate motors
- Ensure that the thermostat is operating properly and make sure heating is locked out when the thermostat’s set to cool and vice versa
Along with annual A/C maintenance provided by a qualified professional, there are several tasks a knowledgeable homeowner can do on a routine basis to help ensure that your heat pump air conditioner is running at peak performance. Occasional attention can help prevent problems down the road that may result in costly repairs.
Monthly Maintenance Tips
- Check filters once a month to see if they need to be cleaned or changed. Change them at least every three months, or when the filter is too dirty to see through.
- Check the outdoor coils for dirt buildup and clean them as needed.
- Turn off fan and clean it to ensure that airflow runs at highest levels. Dirty fans, filters and coils can reduce the amount of airflow your system receives.
- Keep clutter and vegetation away from the outdoor unit.
- Straighten any fins that may have become bent, and clean the supply and return registers.
For more expert advice about your home’s heat pump air conditioner or other issues related to home comfort, please contact the experts at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We’ve been serving the Long Island area for over 75 years.
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