Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Heat Pump

Heat Pump Installation Boost SafetyIf you’re looking for some simple tips for maintaining your heat pump, then¬†McQuerry’s 24-Hour Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered. We know how important it is to keep things up and running in your Wildwood home.

Thermostat Usage

Proper operation of your heat pump will save energy. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on — backup heating systems are usually more expensive to operate. Continuous indoor fan operation can degrade heat pump performance unless your system uses a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Operate the system on the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat. Consider installing (or have a professional install) a programmable thermostat with multistage functions suitable for a heat pump.

Care For Air Filters

Clean or change filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters, coils, and fans reduce airflow through the system. Reduced airflow decreases system performance and can damage your system’s compressor. Clean outdoor coils whenever they appear dirty; occasionally, turn off power to the fan and clean it; remove vegetation and clutter from around the outdoor unit. Clean the supply and return registers in your home, and straighten their fins if bent.

Fan Blower And Cleaning

Another way to extend the efficiency and life of your heat pump fan is by cleaning the blades of any buildup or residue. Turn off the main power to the unit and then you can open the top panel to access the fan blade and blower area. You can use a plastic bristle brush and scrub down the fan blades themselves and clean out the residue from the units base and blower using a vacuum with a pole extension attached to it. This build-up if left unchecked will cause the fan to run unevenly, which will effect its efficiency and possibly burn out the fan motor.

Call Us Today

If you’d like to learn more about maintaining your heat pump, give us a call at¬†(636) 225-0087.