What Is Proper Heat Pump Maintenance?

Technician doing heat pump maintenance
January 16, 2020

Whether you are using a heat pump mini split in your home as a supplemental heating and cooling superstar, or you are taking advantage of the energy efficiency of multiple heat pumps as a whole home solution, properly maintaining your heat pump mini split will ensure you can enjoy lower energy costs for your home all year round.

What all goes into heat pump servicing? How can you make sure your heat pump is operating at its very best, no matter what the Shenandoah Valley weather throws your way? Here’s everything you need to know about proper heat pump service.

Clean the Air Filter

This is perhaps the most important aspect of just about any home heating and cooling system, and heat pumps are no different. Once a month, you should be checking (and changing) the air filters to make sure they aren’t clogged or dirty. A clogged air filter will cause your heat pump to work much harder to pull air into the system, and will lose its filtering properties. This not only increases your energy costs, but it also negatively impacts your indoor air quality.

Remove Any Obstructions

Winds blow, storms happen, you rearrange the furniture, the kids throw some toys around the room — there are many ways an obstruction could find its way to your indoor air handler or outdoor compressor unit. Take a minute to clear up anything that could be preventing the safe and efficient operation of your heat pump. This can include things like:

  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Overgrown landscaping

Tasks Best Left to a Heat Pump Maintenance Contractor

The aforementioned maintenance tasks are things you can do yourself. But there are a few things that should be regularly handled by an HVAC professional to further stabilize the heating and cooling power of your heat pump.

Coil cleaning

The outdoor evaporator and condenser coils should be cleared of any dust and dirt from time to time. As this grime builds up, it can cause the coils to freeze up, temporarily rendering your heat pump inoperable. The heat pump experts here at Excel can properly clean your coils and look for any other inefficiencies.

Refrigerant Inspections

Speaking of coils, the refrigerant in your coils should be at just the right level. If they are overfilled or underfilled, it can have a negative effect on the heating and cooling power of your heat pump.

Compression Testing

Refrigerant is pushed and pulled through the coils using the electrical and mechanical equipment in the compressor. Electrical connections should be cleaned and tightened, and moving parts should be properly lubricated at least once a year.

Ask the Local Heat Pump Repair & Installation Experts

If your heat pump hasn’t been providing the hot air you need during the cold winter, or the cool indoor breeze you need during the hot summer months, Excel is the go-to for heat pump repair service near you in the Shenandoah Valley. We can give you an idea of what your heat pump service costs, what any repair costs may be, and how to get your energy efficient home comfort system back on track.

Even if you have other home comfort related questions, like, “How efficient are heat pumps?”, or perhaps you are looking for a more compact replacement for your air conditioning and heating systems, Excel is here to answer all of your home comfort related questions.

Looking for the best heat pump installers near you? You’ve found us! Call on Excel Heating & Cooling for all of your heat pump and mini split needs. Reach us a (540) 870-0423 or contact us here.

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