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Heat Pump Maintenance: What You Can Do Yourself, And What Your Contractor Should Do

There’s good news for homeowners in the Yuma area who use heat pumps: regular heat pump maintenance will keep your system running efficiently, lower your energy bills, and extend the life of the system. So it makes sense to invest in annual maintenance, because of the payback you get in terms of comfort and monetary savings.

Heat pump maintenance, however, is generally a job for the pros. Here’s what an HVAC technician should check during maintenance:

  • Inspect related systems. The heat pump relies on your home’s ductwork to distribute air. A technician will evaluate the airflow through the ducts and check them for leaks.
  • Check airflow. The heat pump also needs to have proper airflow. The technician will evaluate airflow and correct inefficiencies.
  • Evaluate refrigerant. Because both the heat pump’s heating and cooling processes rely upon refrigerant, this component is crucial. Refrigerant levels should be checked, as well as the potential for leaks.
  • Assess electrical elements. The electrical terminals should be inspected, cleaned and tightened as necessary.
  • Inspect motors. To avoid friction in the heat pump’s components, the motor should be well lubricated. The motor’s belt should be tight, without showing signs of wear.

There are also maintenance steps that homeowners can take to ensure the system’s health:

  • Change the filters. To avoid buildup on the filter – which would render a filter useless, as it would no longer be able to trap pollutants and keep them from circulating in your home’s air and out of the heat pump – change the air filter once a month.
  • Ensure airflow. The flow of air around the outdoor unit is critical to ensuring that enough air can pass through the system to produce heated and cooled air. Therefore, check the outdoor unit regularly to make sure dirt and debris haven’t gathered around the system. Keep landscaping trimmed back as well.
  • Check for buildup. Dirt can build up on the outdoor coil and fan blades as well, so it’s important to periodically check and clean these components as well.

To benefit from heat pump maintenance, call the Yuma-area HVAC experts today at Hansberger Refrigeration & Electricto schedule an appointment.

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