As cold temperature sets in, you will need to transition your heat pump from a cooling source to a heat source. It is time to schedule maintenance before temperatures drop too low! You need your heat pump to be up and running correctly before the dead of winter sets in.
Here are some things that you can do at home:
Maintenance Tasks for the Homeowner
- Replace the air filter.
- Remove any growth from a two to the three-foot area around the outdoor section of your heat pump.
- Clean out the coils before cold weather makes this difficult.
- Check your thermostat settings and adjust for cold weather.
- Flush and clean the drain line. Remember to prime the trap, if necessary.
- If your unit uses electric heat, check all of the wiring for discoloration and heat damage.
Maintenance Tasks for Professionals
- A professional will check the refrigerant to ensure there is a safe level. Refrigerant levels need to remain consistent, even in the cold weather.
- Electrical connections will be inspected to check for exposed wiring or loose connections.
- Blower motor should be oiled. Blower wheels should be inspected for balance.
- A professional will check the energy efficiency of your unit. If any problems are present, they should be repaired before operating the heating system.
- A technician will check and clean the evaporator coils.
- Transitioning your heat pump to heat for fall and winter by performing the necessary maintenance tasks will minimize the risk of a breakdown, improve indoor air quality, and extend the life of your system components.