Winter is just around the corner, but you know you'll be warm if your home is equipped with a heat pump. Of course, you still need to take some time to make sure your heat pump is tuned up and ready for the cold season. The following can help you get your pump prepped and ready.
Tip #1: Vacuum the filter housing
Heat pumps require a filter change once a month year round, since they are used for both heating and cooling. At least twice a year, in spring and again in fall, you should also go a step further. Remove the filter and grab your vacuum cleaner. Use the hose attachment to vacuum out the filter housing thoroughly. This way any lingering dust is removed and your filter can do its job even better.
Tip #2: Lubricate the blower
The blower mower and the bearings requires annual lubrication. Use a lubricant rated for use in HVAC systems. Every heat pump model is slightly different, so you need to check with the owner's manual or the manufacturer to verify where the lubrication points are. It will only take a drop or two of lubricant to complete the job, but it's well worth it since it can prevent friction damage later.
Tip #3: Clean the coils
There are condenser coils on both the indoor and the outdoor heat pump unit. Spray these down with a condenser cleaner, then carefully wipe off the debris. If the coils are bent, use an AC fin comb to straighten them out. Just be careful, as the coils can be sharp and you don't want to cut yourself.
Tip #4: Check the fan blade
The fan in the outdoor unit is very prone to becoming dirty. Remove the housing over the outdoor unit and clean off the fan. You can use plain water, or use the condenser cleaner if the blade is very dirty. You may also want to use your shop vacuum to clean out any dust, leaves, or debris. Finally, make sure the fan spins properly. If it seems off balance, you will need to have it professionally serviced.
Tip #5: Do a test run
Once you have everything put back together, flip the thermostat from "cool" to "heat," then turn the thermostat setting until your unit pops on. Make sure warm air is coming from all the vents. It's better to run this test before you need heat so if there are any issues you can call in a heating repair service tech.Share
4 September 2018
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