Why Heat Pumps Need Maintenance Twice a Year

heat-pump-cashIf you’re using a heat pump for climate control, you’re probably going to be shifting it from air conditioning to heating mode over the next couple of weeks. Before we get too deep into the heating season, though, it’s important that you take some steps to make sure that your heat pump is ready for it. The best thing you can do to get your heat pump ready for winter is to schedule preventive maintenance for it. You should be scheduling preventive maintenance for your heat pump even if you have already it conducted this year. Read on to find out why heat pumps need more maintenance than other climate control systems.

The Benefits of Maintenance

The reason that preventive maintenance is so beneficial for your heat pump is that it catches problems before they can cause too much damage. Most heat pump issues are not going to give off noticeable symptoms when they first start to develop. If you notice your heat pump acting oddly, chances are it’s been malfunctioning for a while and is just now starting to show signs of damage. In order to limit the damage to the system as much as possible, you’re going to need to have problems caught before they start to show symptoms. The only way to do that is with preventive maintenance.

Heat pumps that receive preventive maintenance have been shown to be up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future than systems that don’t receive it. They’ve also been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t receive maintenance. By scheduling preventive maintenance for your heat pump twice a year, you can save money on repairs and monthly bills as well as increase the effective lifespan of your system. All you need to do to reap the benefits is make sure that you schedule it consistently. Which brings us to the importance of bi-annual maintenance.

Spring and Fall Heat Pump Maintenance

For most heaters and air conditioners, annual maintenance is sufficient for them to stay in good condition. That’s because those systems only have one season out of the year when they are put under increased strain: winter for heaters and summer for air conditioners. Scheduling preventive maintenance the season before the system is going to be put under added strain helps to solve any issues, and prepare it for the increased demand. Heat pumps are a bit different, though.

Because a heat pump is used year-round, it accumulates wear and tear twice as quickly as other systems. This means that it needs to receive maintenance twice as often if it is to operate as smoothly as possible. You should schedule maintenance for your heat pump at least twice a year, once during spring and once during fall. This will give it the best chance to get you through the heavy use seasons without developing issues.

Comfort Central, Inc. offers heat pump maintenance services in Asheville, NC. If you need to schedule a maintenance appointment for your heat pump, contact us today.  

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