Heat pumps are probably one of the best heating and cooling systems you can have in your home. They are generally more energy-saving, which allows you to save money from your monthly bills.
However, if your heat pump is not well-maintained, you will be using 10-25% more energy than you could have saved. On top of that, your heat pump may not last longer than you think. It will also be bad in terms of your health and comfortability as your heat pump is no longer working at its best.
All these things are what make heat pump maintenance very important, and below are five simple tips to keep your heat pump well-maintained:
Prevent excess build-up from happening
Ice and snow can sometimes clog up your heat pump without you noticing. This will then block the airflow, make your heat pump work with lesser efficiency, and even lead to the system breaking down. So, to prevent this, here’s what you can do:
Turn off the unit to clear away any debris. Be very careful that you don’t damage the heat pump. You should also check the condenser and make sure it’s clear of snow and that it’s undamaged. Continue clearing away snow as much as you can, especially if it’s surrounding your unit.
You also have the option to create a free-standing cover to protect the heat pump from the snow during winter and intense heat during the summer. Just make sure to provide a 2-foot clearance.
Clean or change filters as needed
Dirty air filters will cause your system to work harder than required because they restrict airflow. This results in a higher electrical bill. At the same time makes you uncomfortable because your desired temperature is not maintained.
Besides this, dust and dirt build-up may affect your system and may cause total breakdown.
So, clean or change your filters regularly depending on how often you use them, how dusty your environment is, and if you have furry pets. But generally, it’s usually recommended to do this once every 1-2 months, and do not go over three months without changing your air filters.
Check on the unit placement
Upon the installation of your heat pump, you always need to consider the location. As much as possible, you should choose an area where it’s easy for you to check the heat pump and do some maintenance.
It’s almost always recommended not to install the unit near driveways, vegetation areas, or in areas with large equipment.
Other tips will include:
- Select an open space
- Avoid vibration and direct sunlight
- Don’t cover the heat pump
- Clean the gutters to prevent water leakage
- There should be drainage
- Place it in an area where it won’t disturb others.
The better the placement of your heat pump, the safe it will be from any outside accidents that might damage it.
Clean outdoor coils
Condenser coils facilitate heat transfers, which is the number one reason why your heat pump is working. Therefore, it’s essential to keep it clean so your heat pump continues to perform well.
By cleaning your condenser coils, you’ll benefit on:
- Improved comfort
- Lower electrical bills
- Lesser repairs and maintenance
- Extended system lifespan
- Better indoor air quality
Seek professional help
Lastly, and probably the most important, seek professional help. Heat pumps may be following a simple system, but it’s a very complex technology. And maintaining it without furthering the damage can be challenging.
If you’re not familiar with heat pumps, you should call a professional. If you had your heat pump installed by an Auckland heat pump installer, they could do some repairs and check-ups, too.
Heat pumps provide us with excellent benefits. It improves your quality of life by improving air quality, saving energy, and saving you money.
If used correctly and maintained well, it’s a significant investment.
So follow the five simple tips above to get your money’s worth. After all, heat pumps are not that cheap.