Maintaining The Heat Pump: Frequently Asked Questions
If your heating and cooling needs vary across the year, investing in a system that offers both is a poignant idea.
Some houses install separate systems for heating and cooling but there are numerous systems lately that combine both and give you good service. Homes in colder climates often have heat pumps installed.
These are energy efficient and also help reduce your carbon footprint, thereby contributing to environmental protection.
But those planning to install a new heat pump or replace the older one may have many questions. Here are some important things that you need to know in order to purchase and maintain heat pumps properly.
- Do heat pumps require regular maintenance?
Just like any HVAC system, heat pumps will surely benefit from regular maintenance. Research shows that a well-maintained heat pump consumes 10% to 25% less energy than one that is not maintained well.
Regular maintenance will not just help the heat pump function at its optimum capability but will also prevent damage to the compressor and other components, and save you from expensive repairs.
- How much will the maintenance cost?
Heat pump maintenance costs will differ, depending on your location, heat pump model, servicing technicians, age and complexity of your pump.
The average repair cost for a heat pump can range anywhere between $340 and $1,250 or more. But regular preventive maintenance, on the other hand, is not as heavy on the pocket. Preventive maintenance can cost you something between $170 and $190.
It is better to pay this amount and prevent any problems rather than having to repair them later.
- How often does the heat pump need to be serviced?
A heat pump servicing must be scheduled at least once every year. But if your heat pump is the only source of heating and cooling for your house, then it would be better to get it serviced twice every year.
- Is troubleshooting problems possible at home?
If you are observant and know the issues your heat pump may come across, you can definitely identify and resolve some of the problems on your own at home.
For example, you can keep an eye on the defrost cycle and get it checked by an HVAC technician if it is coming on too often or lasts longer than fifteen minutes.
- How to maintain the heat pump and have it running well always?
Basic maintenance tasks to ensure that the heat pump is always functioning well, include dusting and cleaning in and around the pump.
Clean and change the air filters every 30 to 60 days, keep the outdoor unit free of dirt, debris, sticks, and leaves and maintain a clutter-free area in a 2 feet radius surrounding the heat pump.
- What does a preventive maintenance check include?
Your annual heat pump maintenance must include inspection of ducts, filters, blowers, and coils. Drain lines and drain pipes need to be cleaned. Check and repair any leaky ducts and fill up the refrigerant if required.