05 Oct Yes, Your Heat Pumps Needs Maintenance This Fall!
One of the basic rules of taking care of a residential HVAC system is that you must schedule bi-annual maintenance for it. In the spring, a technicians will come to your house to inspect and tune-up the air conditioning system. Then in the fall, it’s the heating system’s turn.
“But wait,” you say, “I don’t use an air conditioner and furnace combination. I only have a single system: a heat pump. And it already had its maintenance visit in spring.”
If your heat pump had an inspection and tune-up in spring to prepare it for summer, that’s good. However, heat pumps also need to have maintenance in the fall.
The heavy year-round work load of the heat pump
Why does a heat pump need two maintenance visits a year? Because heat pumps don’t get to take an extended seasonal vacation the way air conditioners and furnaces do. You can expect the heat pump in your home to work during most of the year, either in cooling or heating mode. It will perform around twice the amount of work that either an AC or a furnace does, and so it needs special attention when it comes to maintenance.
Consider, for example, how much work was required from your heat pump during this previous summer. A lot, wasn’t it? (It was a hot summer.) That’s an immense amount of strain, and the heat pump will soon be expected to start heating your home. It doesn’t use a whole different set of components to deliver heat—it uses the same compressor, coils, motors, fans, etc. when in heating mode. There’s a whole season’s worth of work weighing on the heat pump, and you must have a professional maintain it so it’s prepared to pick right back up and return to work when the cold weather arrives.
Bi-annual maintenance will help your heat pump stay energy efficient and reliable through the year. Make sure you schedule a maintenance session this fall before the cold weather arrives.
Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating in Nashville, TN has served Middle Tennessee since 1970. We offer a great maintenance plan to care for your heat pump. Call us today for more details.