Got Your Spring Heat Pump Maintenance Checklist Ready?
Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s a good idea to perform maintenance on your heat pump in Orange Park, FL. This way, when summer rolls around, you can enjoy a cool comfortable home. Here’s a checklist of some tasks you can perform on your own to get your unit up and running for the summertime:
- Clean the Outdoor Unit: Just like central air conditioners, pumps have an outside unit with a compressor, coil and fan. The outdoor unit should be hosed down or power washed to remove leaves, pine needles, and dirt from the fans. You can do this by removing the grille before hosing it down. The hose should be inserted between the fan blades to remove dirt and grime.
- Check the Piping: Sometimes, the piping insulation will deteriorate due to the winter elements. Inspect the piping to ensure there is no deterioration. If there is, you can purchase new insulation at a supply store and simply replace it.
- Check the Filter: If the filter is clogged or looks dirty, it should be washed or replaced with a new one. For the most part, high grade filters should be changed every three months. However, if you’re using an inexpensive fiberglass filter, it should be changed once a month.
- Schedule a Spring Tune-Up: Schedule a spring tune-up with us at Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning. Our tune-ups are the surefire way to keep your heat pump operating efficiently and increase the unit’s longevity.
Tune-Ups for Heat Pumps
You will find that our tune-ups for pumps are very comprehensive. Our techs will check the thermostat to ensure proper calibration and clean the evaporator coil to prevent compressor failure. The condensate pan and condensate drain will be inspected for cracks and loose fittings. If any are found, they will be repaired. A full inspection of the blower wheel and blower motor amp draw will be done for efficiency and air flow. Motors and bearing are lubricated to keep the parts from failing, and the belts and pulleys are inspected. If either is worn, they will be replaced. For safety, all electrical connected are inspected. We’ll also check the total electrical consumption for energy efficiency. Not only do we check for refrigerant leaks, we test the refrigeration metering device for blockages and measure operating pressures for improper charging. Capacitors, relays and contactors are also inspected. Simply put, there isn’t anything we leave out. With our professional tune-up, your heat pump will be in top operating condition for the summer.
Just like any mechanical appliance, such as a car, regular maintenance is the best way to avoid breakdowns of heat pumps and add years of life to the unit. As professionals, we recommend at least one maintenance visit a year for pumps and preferably two. We also offer affordable preventative maintenance plans for pumps. For just a few dollars a month, you can have peace of mind knowing that regular maintenance will keep your unit in tip-top condition. Please give us a call at Mike Merritt Heating & Air.