Heat pumps are great for heating and cooling homes in moderate climates. In Portland, OR, winter days aren’t usually much below freezing, if at all, and summers aren’t usually blazing hot. Heat pumps transfer heat rather than create it. They also don’t use fuel. That means they’re more efficient, but like air conditioners and furnaces, heat pumps do need annual maintenance.
It’s wise to have your heat pump serviced twice a year. That’s because it serves dual functions. It provides heating in winter and cooling in summer, so isn’t used during just one part of the year. The same components are working all the time. Given this amount of workload, the system requires maintenance to counter the negative effects of nearly constant use.
Why Should I Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance?
Having a heat pump break down on a warm summer day or chilly winter night is not fun. It’s easier to have a professional maintain it. Therefore, you are unlikely to require a technician during times of peak demand. Your heat pump may not require any additional repairs or service throughout the year.
That being said, heat pumps do need annual maintenance for the following reasons:
- Expensive Repairs Can Be Avoided: Fixing a heat pump after it breaks down can cost thousands of dollars. It costs far less to get it inspected, adjusted, cleaned, and calibrated. And if small issues are found, the technician can fix them before they escalate or cause additional damage. You can also delay the expense of replacing the system, as a well-maintained heat pump can last up to 20 years.
- Your Home Can Be More Comfortable: Heat pumps function better if dust and dirt aren’t circulating through them and your home. A technician can clean all major components so the system continues to be reliable. They can also evaluate it for any other issues and ensure it’s operating correctly. You can also check air filters once a month and change them at least every three months if not more frequently.
- The Heat Pump Will Run More Efficiently: Even the most minor issue can cause your heat pump to be less energy efficient. A technician can check whether airflow is reduced, components are dirty, condensate lines are blocked, or if fans or other moving parts need to be adjusted or replaced. If any component is faulty, the heat pump can work harder and use more electricity, increasing your utility bills.
When Is the Best Time to Schedule Maintenance?
If it’s been a long time since your heat pump was serviced, you should schedule a maintenance visit as soon as possible. The ideal time to schedule service is before winter and before summer. That way, a technician can look for and address any issues that can impact performance during the season. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing the system should work flawlessly. Your HVAC company should offer a guarantee covering any problems that arise related to the components it services. It may even include a discount on any repairs needed.
Heat Pumps Need Annual Maintenance. Call Sky Heating & Air Conditioning Today
At Sky Heating & Air Conditioning, heat pumps are included in our HVAC maintenance services. We provide complete inspections to improve system performance, safety, efficiency, and air quality. Maintenance ensures your comfort and protects your long-term investment. It can save on the cost of repairs as well. Join our Signature Protection Plan for priority maintenance and full coverage. To learn more or request service, contact us online or call 888-961-4282.