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

Proper preventive maintenance is vital to keep your heat pump in tip-top shape. Frequent monitoring and cleaning of your system will ensure a long and efficient life. There are some tasks that homeowners can handle on their own, while others should be left to a qualified professional.

Some preventative maintenance tasks you can do yourself:

  • Change air filters monthly.
  • Check for debris around the outside unit and clear any grass or leaves around it.
  • Empty the drain pan when necessary and straighten the fins.
  • Make sure indoor registers are clean and move anything that may be blocking airflow.
  • Keep the thermostat at a set temperature. Changing the temperature frequently causes your heat pump to work overtime by turning on and off, making it less efficient.

You will need to leave the remainder of the annual preventive maintenance to a qualified technician. You may choose to have your system serviced twice each year, once in the spring for the air conditioning then again in the fall for the heating portion. A qualified HVAC expert will perform a variety of tasks to keep your system running its best. These include:

  • Checking refrigerant levels, electrical connections and valves
  • Checking and lubricating fan motor
  • Calibrating thermostat
  • Inspecting belts, ducts, filters, coils and blower
  • Measuring airflow
  • Sealing duct leaks if needed

Preventive heat pump maintenance is important. A properly maintained heat pump system is up to 20 percent more efficient than a system that does not undergo proper maintenance.

Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Drain Services will be glad to talk to you more about preventive maintenance for your heat pump. Contact us today to schedule an service check-up.