Heat pump is a multipurpose device. It can supplement radiant floor heating or be a substitute for the heating and cooling system you have. Heat pump can reduce energy consumption and hence the carbon footprint of your home. There is also a tax credit available for heat pumps. You may have several questions about heat pump maintenance. This checklist will answer most of your queries.
Heat pump is a durable installation but it needs preventive maintenance. It is best to be proactive with scheduling preventive maintenance for maximum efficiency and also to reduce energy consumption as much as possible. Schedule half yearly or annual servicing and you will avert most of the usual problems and expensive repairs.
The cost of heat pump maintenance varies based on different factors. The frequency and scope of service, the choice of technician, the model of the heat pump and its technology, the age of the system and its existing condition will determine the cost of timely maintenance. The average cost of repairing heat pump is less than $400. Extensive damage may amount to as much as a thousand dollars to repair, sometimes more. Routine service and maintenance cost is usually less than two hundred dollars.
Clean the heat pump, especially the vents and the filers, regularly to avoid common problems. You can inspect a heat pump on your own but always hire a technician for servicing and maintenance. You should opt for an annual maintenance. An old heat pump will require a more frequent service schedule. The best times to schedule such maintenance are spring and fall.
If you wish to maintain a heat pump proactively for optimum efficiency and unfailing reliability, then you should clean the air filters once a month or two months. You should replace the air filters in sixty days. New filters may not require a replacement for several months. When not in use, you can continue to have the same air filters and replace them only after using the heat pump for two months or so.
Ensure the outdoor unit is not clogged with leaves, grass, snow and dirt or other types of debris. Keep a clearance area of at least two feet around the pump. It is always advisable to hire a technician for a thorough maintenance. Get the technician to inspect the entire unit covering the ducts and blower, filter and the indoor coil. All obstructions including dirt must be got rid of. Any damage should be preempted or timely diagnosed and resolved. The technician should clean and flush the drain line, fix leaks, check discharge pressure and assess refrigerant charge. Hire a specialist to ensure holistic servicing and maintenance.
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