Before the Cooling Season Starts, Schedule Maintenance for Your Heat Pump
by Greg Leisgang on April 24, 2013
Posted in: Heat Pumps
Cincinnati heating and cooling professionals get a lot of calls in the summer months for cooling systems that develop problems during heavy use in hot weather, so it's best to schedule maintenance for your heat pump during the spring. Making sure your heat pump is well maintained will lessen the chance it will break during its frequent use in the heat of the summer.
Additionally, a well-maintained heat pump is significantly more efficient to operate than one that has been ignored.
There are a few things you can do yourself, though a professional maintenance service will check many of these things as well.
- Make sure you have been diligent with replacing the air filter, and that it isn't currently in need of replacement.
- Check the coils and fan in the air handler and clean them if necessary. Be sure to turn off power to the fan before cleaning it.
- The coils and fan of the outdoor unit should be checked and cleaned as well. Also, make sure there are no obstructions or clutter around the outdoor unit to ensure good airflow.
Additionally, a professional technician performing annual maintenance may perform these services:
- Make sure there are no leaks in the refrigerant system, and that it has the correct amount of refrigerant.
- Perform a leakage test on the ducts and seal any leaks.
- Check, clean and tighten any imperfect electrical connections.
- Lubricate moving parts and inspect for wear.
- Ensure proper control of the electrical systems, and that the heating and cooling systems cannot run simultaneously.
- Ensure that the thermostat operates correctly.
If you have any other questions related to your heating and cooling system, or want to schedule maintenance for your heat pump, call Tri-County Heating & Cooling. We serve Butler County and Greater Cincinnati heating and air conditioning needs with innovative solutions for your heating, cooling, and air quality needs.
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