What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump functions similarly to a regular air conditioning system with the added benefit of removing heat instead of just replacing it with cooler air. Outdoor coils transfer heat instead of generating it, which is more energy efficient. In the winter, the heat pump moves exterior heat in, and in the summer, it pumps interior heat out. While some homeowners install a heat pump and an air conditioning system, others rely only on their heat pump for climate control.
Why Schedule Regular Heat Pump Maintenance
Whether cranking up the heat or cooling off with air conditioning, your heat pump system contributes to comfortable interior temperatures regardless of the weather outside. With regular maintenance, you enjoy multiple benefits, including:
More Efficient Heat Transfers
Regular maintenance keeps your heat pump operating at maximum efficiency. Our professional HVAC technicians at Leith Heating and Cooling plan a maintenance schedule for your HVAC system and provide expert maintenance service.
Reduced Service Calls
Regular heat pump maintenance in Elgin, IL, means fewer repairs and less downtime. Keeping to your maintenance schedule lets us conduct repairs before they’re noticeable and keeps your heat pump in tip-top condition.
Preserve Your Warranty
Many HVAC or home warranties require regular maintenance to keep the unit under warranty. A lapse in proper care may cause damage your warranty doesn’t cover, leaving you to foot the bill.
Can I Perform My Own Heat Pump Maintenance?
While you should still schedule at least two maintenance appointments annually to ensure your heat pump’s health, you can perform a few tasks that help keep your heat pump in good condition:
Maintain Your Heat Pump’s Surroundings
Grass clippings, brush, or other natural pollutants can build up around your heat pump unit and cause it to malfunction or stop working altogether. Each side of your unit needs at least two feet of clear space to ensure its best performance. Keep furniture, trash cans, and other outdoor additions out of the area so that your heat pump has room to breathe.
Clean Your Heat Pump
Every month or two, check the supply and return vents and keep them clean. You should also check your ductwork periodically to keep potential damage at bay.
Change Out Your Air Filters
Heat pump air filters keep dust, pollen, and other particles from blowing into your house. Every month or two, check your filters and change them out if they appear dirty.