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Scheduling a heat pump tune-up is an essential part of regular home maintenance. But what should you anticipate from professional heating maintenance? Here’s the general outline of what an HVAC expert will do during your appointment.
Heat pumps filter particulates out of the air to give you better air quality in your home. But a dirty air filter can create various issues for your heat pump. It can even keep your system from running at peak efficiency. Ideally, you should clean your air filter monthly, but ensuring its cleanliness is still one of the first things HVAC techs check.
Your heat pump components, like the motor, could often use oiling to perform better. You won’t need to do this task as frequently as cleaning the air filter, and it’s better left to experts anyway. Still, it’s a standard part of heating maintenance, so it should be on every HVAC tech’s list of things to check off during a heat pump tune-up.
Electrical components can loosen or get dirty throughout the year. Your HVAC tech will check to see how healthy they are and if they need any attention, such as adding non-conductive lubricants to keep them going strong. Leaving electrical components dirty can decrease performance and increase energy costs, so it’s an essential step in heater tune-ups.
The evaporator coil, outdoor condensing coil, and heat pump fins could all probably use some TLC. These coils operate much better when they’re clean. And since some of these components are outside, it doesn’t take long before they get dirty.
Refrigerant is crucial to keep your heat pump running efficiently. If the amount is too low, the system’s evaporator coil could freeze and send your energy bills soaring. It’s also possible that you could have a leak if your refrigerant is low. Your HVAC tech will diagnose any issues with the refrigerant and take the necessary steps to seal things up or add coolant as needed.
Ductwork can leak or loosen up over time. This can lower indoor air quality, so ensuring everything is tight and sealed is necessary during a heat pump tune-up. Like many other issues these tune-ups address, leaky ducts can also lead to spending more money on heating and cooling costs.
Your thermostat should be as accurate as possible so you know it’s communicating with your heat pump properly. An HVAC technician can test your thermostat’s performance to see how correct the readings are. If anything’s off, they can quickly recalibrate it so your home will be the temperature you set it to.
Peak home performance starts with preventive care and maintenance. That’s why we offer heater tune-ups so our customers stay comfortable year-round. Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule your heat pump maintenance!