A heat pump offers an efficient way to keep your Indianapolis home warm during the area’s frigid winters. Without regular maintenance, though, your system can end up working harder than it should, which leads to excess wear and tear and higher energy bills. Use the following maintenance tips to keep your heat pump in good condition all year long.
HVAC filters can become dirty and clogged, making it harder for your system to operate efficiently and lowering the quality of the air inside your home. Inspect your filters every month, and replace them when needed.
Clean Outdoor Coils
When the outdoor coils on your heat pump become dirty, your system has a more difficult time working properly. This can damage the compressor, resulting in a shorter life span for your pump. If you notice dirt on the coils, shut off power to the system and clean them off.
Trim or Remove Vegetation
You can also reduce wear and tear on your system by removing vegetation that grows too close to it. Trim shrubs or bushes so that they’re at least 18 inches away from your pump, and get rid of weeds and other vegetation around the base of your system.
Clear Away Snow and Ice
Snow and ice can impede airflow, which can cause your heat pump to run more often. If you have snow or ice on or around your system, clear it off as soon as possible.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
While you can perform some maintenance tasks on your own, others should be left to a professional HVAC technician. A professional can perform routine maintenance that includes checking the belts, electric terminals, ducts, coils and other equipment for signs of wear and tear or potential problems. Other tasks that might need to be done include lubricating the motor, looking for refrigerant leaks and checking for adequate airflow.
If your heat pump needs some maintenance, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We offer dependable HVAC services to homeowners in the Indianapolis area.
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