Schedule annual heat pump maintenance

Why? Since year-round operation and climate fluctuations affect the performance of a heat pump, regular maintenance is necessary to improve its efficiency and extend its life. A poorly maintained heat pump could use as much as 25% more electricity than a well-maintained one. 
How it works: Hire a professional to perform your annual heat pump maintenance. The technician should perform the following work:
  • Inspect and clean ducts, filters, blower, belt and indoor coil.
  • Find and repair any leakage in ducts.
  • Check the controls to ensure they are set for maximum efficiency and comfort.
  • Measure the airflow to make certain it is adequate.
  • Make certain the refrigerant has the correct charge and ensure there are no leaks.
  • Inspect electric terminals and clean and tighten connections where necessary.
  • Lubricate motors and make sure belts are tight.
  • Make sure the thermostat is working properly.

Also, make sure the area around the outdoor portion of your heat pump is free of debris and vegetation.

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