05 Sep Why A Regular Heat Pump Maintenance Saves Money
Some people think that machines can continue operating at their optimal level, because machines are supposed to do that. Machines have moving parts that are subject to wear and tear due to continued use and due to non-maintenance.
Your heat pump, like any other machine, needs regular maintenance. Heat pump maintenance is vital because it has a narrow performance margin when it is in operation. A slight variation in system performance of the heat pump because of non-maintenance can lead to about 25% loss in efficiency.
What does a heat pump do?
A heat pump, contrary to its name, does not only provide heat. It is part of the heating and cooling system installed in a home or building. The heat pump heats and cools your home by transferring heat energy from outdoors to indoors and vice versa.
The heat pump has two parts, one located inside and one outside. The two components must work correctly to achieve the efficiency and performance declared by the manufacturer.
Heat pumps are vital parts of an HVAC system and are used for space heating and space cooling.
Proper heat pump maintenance
You can operate the heat pump on your own. However, leave it to the experts to perform troubleshooting and proper heat pump maintenance. Regular heat pump maintenance is necessary to keep your heat pump in excellent working condition. Call Fischer Heating when you need heat pump maintenance. They have trained and certified HVAC technicians to carefully assess what needs to be done to your heat pump.
Routine maintenance done by professionals includes the following:
- Changing the air filter
- Lubricating the blower motor
- Checking the indoor coil and cleaning it if needed
- Inspecting the wiring for indications of overheating
- Checking the operation of the thermostat located indoors
- Verifying the refrigerant charge level in the system
- Measuring the pressure of the refrigerant and the differences in temperature of both sides of heat pump’s compressor
- Lubricating the coil fan; checking the tension and condition of its fan belt
- Testing the operation of the controls that shift the heat pump from cooling to heating
- Trimming the vegetation around the outdoor unit
- Clearing the debris scattered around the outdoor unit
Importance of regular heat pump maintenance
You need your heat pump to run efficiently and smoothly all the time. Despite being a long-lasting and durable system, a heat pump needs to be inspected and maintained regularly to avoid expensive repairs and more expensive replacement of parts.
You are likely to avoid costly repairs if you schedule regular heat pump maintenance. The good time to do this is before the colder season when you need warmth to keep you comfortable or before summer begins so you’ll be fine and dandy when the weather turns hot.
Here are some of the most urgent reasons why heat pump maintenance is necessary
- Longer lifespan of the heat pump system
A heat pump has many moving parts that require regular inspection. Some of these parts could be won out and need to be maintained, repaired or replaced. Preventive maintenance will ensure that you can use your heat pump for a long time.
- Increase the level of efficiency of the system
The heat pump works for long hours each day to keep your home warm or cool. It is natural for the moving parts to be worn. Dust and lint can accumulate in the filter and other areas of the system. This can make the pump work harder. Worn parts and grime can lower the efficiency of the heat pump system.
- Lowers the risk of system breakdown
Regular heat pump maintenance allows the HVAC technician to check all the components of the system. It gives the technician the chance to locate possible problems and do minor repairs when necessary before the system shuts down. When the system shuts down, you can expect to spend more for repair and replacement of parts.
- Improve the quality of air indoors
You will feel more comfortable when the heat pump system works properly. When the efficiency and air flow improve, the HVAC technician will be able to minimize the cold and hot spots around your home. The humidity level inside your home will also be checked during routine maintenance.
Schedule your heat pump maintenance today before cool weather sets in. Contact Fischer Heating at 206-202-9499 or 425-406-3050 so you can book an appointment with a licensed HVAC technician. You are guaranteed of efficient, cost-effective and reliable service when you work with Fischer Heating.