A heat pump is a major investment. That’s why it is so important to give it proper attention and care after you have purchased it — to make sure it lasts as long as possible. The average lifespan of a heat pump is 15 years, but with proper maintenance you should be able to extend that by several years.
During your heat pump maintenance, your HVAC technician will do a number of things that help your unit work efficiently. All of the components — both major and minor — get cleaned. Parts that are deteriorating will be discussed with customer about replacement options before they cause any major problems that may require expensive repair.
If a gas furnace is used as a backup source of heat for your heat pump, the furnace will be checked to be sure it’s operating safely. The furnace heat is created by a combustion process. One of the byproducts of the combustion that creates the heat in your house is carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be potentially lethal if it leaks into your house. The furnace heat exchanger and flue system will be checked for safe operation and free of all carbon monoxide issues
There are also some maintenance steps you can take throughout the winter to get the best performance from your heat pump. Check and change the air filters often, to prevent a large buildup of dust and other captured particles that will embed themselves in the coils and blower motor, thus impeding airflow. This dust and dirt buildup forces your air system to use more energy to push warm air through the coil and duct system, thus increasing daily wear and tear.
You should also have the outdoor unit cleaned and the unit serviced annually by a professional HVAC company. Even a little bit of dirt may be inhibiting its performance. Also, remove surrounding dust, leaves and other debris from around the unit.
To learn more about heat pump maintenance or to schedule service for your heating system, contact Overland Park Heating & Coolingtoday. We have proudly served Kansas City since 1983.
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