As the Safford temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will inescapably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to reduce excess strain on your heat pump that often leads to 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 a very simple way to keep your heat pump running as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes challenging for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it needs to. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have B&D Air Conditioning perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly and change it again when you start to observe 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 work harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to let the warm air to flow through your space and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from 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 could be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help avert your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your house during times when it’s not needed—like when you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less 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.