How to Extend the Life of Your Heat Pump

Proper Maintenance Extends The Life Of Your Heat Pump

Nov 15, 2011

How much life you get out of your heat pump will depend largely on how well you take care of it. With a proper amount of care, especially in a climate as warm as Orlando’s, you should be able to get at least 15 years from your heating system. Annual heat pump maintenance is one of the keys to ensuring you get the most out of your system.

Having an HVAC expert inspect and service your heat pump helps it work efficiently and optimally, making sure the parts don’t deteriorate while keeping your heating costs down. A technician will lubricate moving parts to reduce friction that can cause damage. Worn-down belts and other components that appear damaged will be replaced to make sure they won’t cause your heat pump to break down once you begin to use it more and more in the middle of winter.

During your heat pump maintenance, your gas connections get double-checked to make sure there are no carbon monoxide leaks. This odorless gas is potentially lethal, and even the tiniest leak can be incredibly dangerous.

There are a number of maintenance steps you can take yourself without the help of an HVAC technician. The simple act of changing your air filters regularly will prevent the formation of a thick screen of dust on them. If a screen is allowed to form, air can’t easily pass through and your air system has to use more energy to push the air through. This not only adds to the wear and tear on your system, it causes your energy costs to rise.

Spraying down your outdoor unit before the temperatures drop below freezing can also help by rinsing away any dirt on the fins that may be affecting your heat pump’s overall performance. Also be sure to sweep away debris like twigs, leaves and dirt.

To learn more about heat pump maintenance and how it extends the life of your heating equipment, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioningtoday.

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