By maintaining the heat pump properly, homeowners can ensure it works efficiently and saves energy in the long run. A well-maintained pump will use up to 25% less energy than a neglected one. Plus, it will last significantly longer.
Please keep reading to learn how to keep the heat pump in good working condition, ensuring its longevity and efficiency.
IMPLEMENT A REGULAR CLEANING SCHEDULE
Neglecting to clean the heat pump regularly will result in decreased airflow, affecting the pump’s performance and potentially damaging the heating compressor. Before cleaning the pump, homeowners should consult the pump’s manual. A proper cleaning procedure generally involves the following:
- Replacing disposable filters or cleaning the reusable ones
- Cleaning dirty coils and fans
- Cleaning the supply and return registers
- Straightening any bent fins
MAINTAIN UNOBSTRUCTED AIRFLOW TO THE OUTDOOR HEAT PUMP
Regularly inspecting outdoor heat pumps is crucial for preventing any blockages that could impede the airflow. As a rule of thumb, homeowners need to keep at least 18 inches of clear space around the pump. This allows sufficient airflow and easy access in case of repairs and cleaning. Homeowners can use a degreaser and a hose to clean the outdoor coils.
KEEP ICE AND SNOW AWAY FROM THE OUTDOOR HEAT PUMP
Ice and snow can harm outdoor heat pumps in multiple ways. First, their accumulation can damage the wiring, overload the pump, and block the airflow, causing the pump to work less efficiently until it eventually stops working.
To avoid this worst-case scenario, homeowners should regularly inspect the outdoor pump during winter. If they spot any ice or snow covering the heat pump, they must remove it immediately.
Cleaning the outdoor heat pump in the winter entails turning off the thermostat and pouring hot water over the unit to help melt snow and ice. It is best to perform this cleaning when outside temperatures are above freezing. Homeowners should avoid using sharp objects to chip away the ice since that can damage the unit.
PROPERLY POSITION THE OUTDOOR HEAT PUMP
Homeowners should place the outdoor heating unit at least four to eight inches above the ground. This placement ensures the coils can drain adequately and steer clear of snow and ice buildup in the winter.
Also, avoid placing the heat pump directly below a gutter. If the gutter starts leaking, it can drip water on the pump. This dripping water will freeze in cold temperatures, potentially causing the whole unit to follow suit.
If the pump has already been placed incorrectly, homeowners can hire a heat pump professional to reposition it to avoid any of these issues causing a malfunction.
GET THE HEAT PUMP SERVICED REGULARLY
Hiring a professional HVAC technician to service the heat pump annually or biannually will ensure the unit always stays in top-notch shape. These professionals will maintain proper thermostat function, repair leaks or damage, and clear all blockages. In addition, they can inspect the electrical terminals, the motor, and the belts and keep them running efficiently.
Hacienda Air is a locally owned HVAC company offering air conditioning, heating, ductwork, air quality, and more to residential and commercial customers in North Las Vegas, Summerlin, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (702) 707-4953.