If you aren’t scheduling annual heat pump maintenance in your Indiana home, as well as doing some of it yourself, you’re likely wasting energy and money. A heat pump that’s properly looked after will last longer and consume less energy. In fact, the difference in energy efficiency between a neglected heat pump and a properly maintained one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.
The simplest and most important aspect of heat pump maintenance is to regularly change the system’s air filter. Forgetting to replace them when needed (as often as monthly during the high-use seasons) is a sure way to fill your home with unwanted particles and make your heat pump work overtime. In addition, make sure that coils and fans are clean and unobstructed. Anything that is blocking or slowing airflow will add unnecessary stress to your heat pump.
These are a few things that you can do yourself, but you should also bring in a trusted HVAC professional to perform heat pump maintenance once a year. The technician will:
- Look for leaks in your ducts.
- Check indoor and outdoor coils, blowers, ducts and filters for possible problems.
- Verify your thermostat is functioning properly.
- Keep motors lubricated and inspect belts.
- Inspect refrigerant charge and verify that there’s no leakage.
- Measure airflow accurately.
If you do your part to keep your heat pump clean and unobstructed, and you bring in a professional every year to perform these advanced inspections, then your heat pump will run at peak efficiency during both the cooling and heating seasons here in Indiana. Your energy bills will be cheaper than ever, and your heat pump will last longer when it isn’t being stressed by dirt and neglect.
If you’re seeking more information on HVAC maintenance and other home comfort issues, please contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’re proud to have served the greater Indianapolis area for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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