Moderate climates like that of Golden, CO, and the surrounding areas benefit from the energy efficiency and convenience offered by heat pumps. These money-saving systems offer heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Since they’re in use almost all year, they need regular semi-annual maintenance for optimal performance. Read on to learn some key points about caring for your heat pump.
Check the Air Filter Monthly
According to the Department of Energy, one of the most important ways to care for your heat pump is to check the filter every month. The filter’s pores quickly fill with dust and debris. Once they’re full, the heat pump loses efficiency. Leaving a dirty filter in the unit causes it to work harder and experience excessive wear and tear. Replace the filter at least every 60 to 90 days or sooner if it’s visibly dirty.
Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean
Prune tree branches and other vegetation at least three feet away from the outdoor unit. Once each month, turn off the heat pump and use a garden hose to spray the unit’s housing. While it’s off, flush the condensate drain and pan with a 10% bleach solution. This kills bacteria and algae that obstruct the pipe. Remove leaves and dirt from the unit’s base. Our NATE-certified technicians do this for you as a part of semi-annual maintenance services.
Clear Ice or Snow Buildup
Snow piled on the outdoor unit impedes its ability to heat your home in the winter. If you see ice buildup on the unit, switch it to emergency heat or turn it off. Use the hot air from a leaf blower to melt the ice. Avoid chipping at the ice, as this could damage the unit’s coils.
To learn more about caring for your heat pump, take a look at Vectra Mechanical HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing’s heat pump services, or call us today to schedule semi-annual maintenance.