How To Maintain Your Heat Pump
While most homes have two separate home comfort systems – one for heating and one for cooling – heat pump owners have a single system that works almost every day of the year. For this reason, regular maintenance is incredibly important to keep your heat pump’s moving parts working properly.
If you are looking for a new maintenance provider for your heat pump or you recently moved into a new home and are looking for a first time maintenance provider call Service Doctors today. We’ve been providing the best heat pump services in Washington, DC area for years and we can help ensure your system works as it should at all times.
Regular Heat Pump Service
The reason maintenance for your heat pump is so important is because of how often the device is used. A heat pump is very much like an air conditioner. It has a compressor which compresses a refrigerant gas into a liquid. That liquid is then circulated through the device. As it enters the evaporator coil, it begins to expand and evaporate back into a gas. Because it has such a low evaporation point, it draws heat and moisture from the air around the coils. In an air conditioner, this cools the air in the chamber which is then blown through your ductwork to cool your system.
In a heat pump, however, the device has a heating mode in which the heat absorbed by the evaporator coils is used to heat air in a separate chamber for distribution throughout your home. Theoretically, if the temperature outside changed from below 50 degrees to above 75 degrees in a short period of time, you might use your heat pump every day of the year. This potential for heavy usage is why it’s important to have regular professional service for you heat pump.
Heat Pump Maintenance Tasks
During annual maintenance visits, we’ll thoroughly clean and inspect your heat pump. Tasks performed by our heat pump technicians include :
- Thermostat Inspection
- Filter Inspection and Replacement
- Blower Motor and Belt Check
- Lubrication of Motors and Belts
- Tightening of All Electrical Components
- Indoor Coil Checked and Cleaned of Dirt
- Fan Motor Checked and Lubricated
- Measure Refrigerant Levels
- Condensation Pump and Crankcase Heater Checked
- Outdoor Stat Settings and Defrost Cycle Checked
- Supplemental Heat Source Tested
- Optimizer Settings Checked
While a heat pump is a finely crafted machine designed to work through the worst conditions in both the summer and winter, over time all that constant operation will begin to wear on its moving parts. Thorough maintenance visits will ensure that wear doesn’t shorten your heat pump’s lifespan.
If you’d like to schedule a maintenance visit and inspection of your heat pump, call Service Doctors. Our heat pump service techs have been maintaining and repairing heat pumps in the Washington D.C. area for years and they have the skills and tools needed to complete any job quickly. Call us today to set up an appointment.