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Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair

As the Safford temperature gets cooler, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will unavoidably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that might result in a heat pump repair.

Is Your Filter Dirty?

Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and keep it clean. We can’t say it enough. This is an easy way to keep your heat pump operating as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes harder for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it needs to. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have B&D Air Conditioning perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter every month and change it again when you start to notice dirt building up.

Are Your Vents Clear and Open?

If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to let the warm air to flow through your home and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt gathering on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.

If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give B&D Air Conditioning a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.

Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat can help stop your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your space during times when it’s not needed—like when the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and reduce the strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.

If you want more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give B&D Air Conditioning a call at 928-432-6018 and our experts can walk you through it. If it’s time for a preventive maintenance appointment or you find that you are in need of a heat pump repair, you can also arrange an appointment with us online.