Did you experience higher than usual electric bills this winter? It could be due to your heat pump.
Like all heating and cooling systems, proper maintenance of your heat pump is key to efficient operation. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%. You should also have a professional technician service your heat pump at least once a year.
Haldeman Mechanical will complete the following:
- Inspect ducts, filters, blower, and
indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions
- Diagnose and seal duct leakage
- Verify adequate airflow and correct refrigerant charge by measurement
- Check for refrigerant leaks
- Inspect electric terminals, and, if necessary, clean and tighten connections, and apply nonconductive coating
- Lubricate motors, and inspect belts for tightness and wear
- Verify correct electric control, making sure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
- Verify correct thermostat operation
Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup electric heating to come on. Backup electric heating systems are 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.
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; remove vegetation and clutter from around the outdoor unit. Clean the supply and return registers in your home, and straighten their fins if bent.