5 heat pump troubleshooting and repair tips

by admin on November 1, 2013

Does your heat pump need repair? Do you have no idea why your heat pump is acting up? One of the most important heat pump basics is to remember that heat pumps need maintenance – just like any other type of heating and cooling unit or infrastructure. Over time, things like filters, condenser units and even fans start to get dirty and detritus starts to build up. In order to avoid a complete catastrophe, it is important to take preventative steps before these problems do reach the point of no return. Here are five heat pump troubleshooting and repair tips.

  1. Should I repair the unit on my own? In most cases you don’t want to repair the unit on your own. Even doing something like refilling the unit with refrigerant you should leave in the hands of the professionals. The reason for this is simple: you could damage your heat pump unit and you can hurt yourself. The only real heat pump maintenance you can do on your own is swapping out the filter and making sure there is no detritus in the blower module.
  2. Should I use a cover to protect my heat pump when the whether outside is harsh. The answer is that you should always provide cover for your heat pump when the whether outside is particularly harsh. The reason for this is simple: you don’t want snow, rain or any other extreme weather conditions damaging the outside unit of your heat pump. Indeed, your outdoor unit is perhaps the most crucial part of your heat pump, so you want to protect it at all times.
  3. When should I change the filter? It is important to understand that the filter is one of the most important parts of the heat pump’s infrastructure. Heat pumps take outside air and convert it to provide the warmth or cooling power you need inside your home. The filter collects all the dust and detritus that travels through, so that it doesn’t go inside the unit and cause damage. This is why changing the filter regularly is so important.
  4. Can tree branches and leaves and other outside detritus affect the blower unit? The answer is yes, anything that could potentially get inside the unit could cause damage, especially if the fans are rotating – especially if you don’t know there is something is in the blower unit and you inadvertently the unit on. One of the best ways to avoid these problem is to keep trees from growing too close – also, you want to make sure that you protect your unit on particularly windy days.
  5. How do I know when to get a new heat pump? Heat pumps last a maximum of 15 years, but they may start showing problems around the age of 10. If your unit is less than 10 years old, there is a good chance that a repair is in order, but if your unit is a little older, or past the expiration date, you may want to let your heat pump go.


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