The Best Practices for Heat Pump Operation & Maintenance

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Heat pumps are designed to last for several years. With proper use and maintenance, they can even exceed their suggested lifespan. In this article, home heating replacement expert Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning offers some of the best practices you can follow in using your heat pump.

Proper Use of a Heat Pump

When using your heat pump, remember these two things:

  • Don’t try to raise the system’s thermostat temperature all at once, as this could trigger the pump’s auxiliary power, which could then result in the waste of energy. Experts recommend increasing the temperature incrementally.
  • Don’t set the thermostat back if this causes the backup heating to kick in. Backup heating systems can be more expensive to use.

Heat Pump Maintenance

The upkeep of your heating system can include a combination of DIY methods and professional care. However, to ensure the best for your heat pump, you should strongly consider getting a professional to handle your furnace maintenance. Also, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Have your heat pump serviced at least once every year.
  • Clean or change the filters regularly. Dirty filters, fans and coils can obstruct airflow through the system, affecting its performance and potentially damaging the compressor.
  • Look out for refrigerant leaks and duct leakage, and carry out necessary repairs as soon as possible.
  • Lubricate motors and ensure the belts are tight and in good condition.
  • Inspect the ducts, blower and indoor coil for dirt and obstructions.
  • Check the electric terminals and clean and tighten connections if necessary. Find out if the application of a non-conductive coating is needed.
  • Ensure that your thermostat is working properly.

Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning is a residential furnace repair expert. With a team of seasoned, skilled professionals, you can rest assured that your HVAC system will be handled properly. Call us at (707) 247-2887 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.

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