Your heat pump has weathered some tough times to deliver comfort to your home. From the harsh winters to the dry, hot summers, your heat pump has provided both heating and air conditioning – while exposing itself to inclement weather conditions. Although your heat pump works independently from your HVAC system, it still requires the help of the homeowner, especially when it comes to maintenance. As the year ends, we start to make New Year’s resolutions to set personal goals and improve our lives. Going into the new year, why not make some resolutions for maintaining your heat pump?
We at Iceberg Heating & Cooling value maintaining heat pumps for our Monroe homeowners. Although heat pump services are our specialty, there are certain additional procedures a homeowner can perform to help keep their unit running at peak proficiency. The experts at Iceberg have put together some DIY “resolutions” to help keep your heat pump running smoothly throughout the year.
Change Your Filter
- Albeit a simple task, changing your filter helps keep your heat pump running smoothly. Heat pump filters should be changed at least once a month; more frequently if there are pets in the house.
- Check the filter every two weeks. It should be replaced if you notice any large build-ups of dust or debris.
Clear Your Heat Pump’s Area
- Since your heat pump condenser is outside, it is susceptible to build-up of leaves, dirt, mud, and even water.
- Clutter around your heat pump leads to poor performance and excessive energy use, and should be cleared immediately.
- Use your hands to brush away any leaves and debris from your heat pump’s area, and run a water hose down the sides to dislodge any stuck debris.
- Shut off the power to your heat pump from both your switch and breaker before using a water hose.
- If you are unsure about cleaning your heat pump’s interior, contact Iceberg for affordable heat pump maintenance services.
Cover Your Heat Pump Condenser
- Protect your heat pump from outside weather conditions by covering it with a protective climate shield.
- With a shield, your heat pump will be able to withstand harsh weather conditions and will be protected from any debris or litter cluttering around it.
- Be wary of the type of cover you purchase, as some are only meant to be used when the heat pump is turned off.
- You can buy lattices at your local department store to place around your heat pump to give it cover while turned on.
- If you’re handy, you can build a wooden roof over your heat pump, and give it more protection from rain and snow.
Monitor Your Heat Pump’s Durability
- Regularly monitoring your heat pump ensures problems are quickly identified and damages, such as cracks, don’t worsen.
- Check for any dents or cracks in the heat pump, and examine the casing itself for loose fitting.
- Examine your heat pump’s ventilation for any damages or wear.
- Remember to shut off the power to your heat pump before handling any connections.
- Check your heat pump for any loose or damaged connections, but be careful not to touch any frayed wiring.
- If you notice any damaged or loose connections, contact an HVAC professional immediately to accurately diagnose the problem.
Push your heat pump towards a healthy new year with our DIY maintenance resolutions. If you are experiencing problems with your heat pump, and need the help of a professional, contact Iceberg Heating & Cooling today! Call us at (734) 375-1119 to schedule an appointment and give your heat pump the service it deserves. Happy New Year’s from Iceberg Heating & Cooling!