Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to schedule your annual professional heat pump maintenance visit. It’s only by maintaining your heat pump that you will continue to realize full energy savings. A heat pump can be one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home, but your energy bills might begin to rise unless you keep your heat pump in top operating condition.

Besides inspecting and changing your air filter regularly (every six to eight weeks) and keeping your outside compressor unit free of clutter and dirt, there isn’t much else that you can do to keep the heat pump in proper operating condition.

However, your professional HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contractor can perform many tasks, since he’s got the specialized equipment and training to do the job right. During your professional heat pump maintenance, your technician will inspect:

  • The outside compressor and a check of the refrigerant level. If the refrigerant level or pressure is too low, your heat pump will not cool or heat your home correctly.
  • The air handler. Your technician will look for dirt, debris, and blockages. If the air handler coils are dirty or blocked, this will decrease air flow and cause your heat pump to operate longer than necessary. Your technician also will examine the belt, for wear and tear, ensure that it’s set at the proper tension level, and will adjust or replace it, if necessary.
  • Your home’s air ducts, checking for blockages and leaks. Leaking air ducts can pull pollutants from the attic into your home and cause inefficient cooling and heating.
  • The electrical components. If necessary, your technician will clean the electrical terminals of corrosion, and tighten all electrical leads.
  • Your thermostat for proper operation.
    By scheduling regular, professional heat pump maintenance, you can be sure your heat pump is operating as efficiently as possible. Your technician likely will catch small issues that you can correct before they escalate into larger, more expensive problems.

If you have any further questions about scheduling your annual professional heat pump maintenance, please contact Pipe Works Services We’ve been serving the people of Chatham, NJ, and surrounding towns since 2000.

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