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Spring Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

Spring heat pump maintenance is really all about making sure your heat pump is in good shape for next fall/winter. It also ensures that when it’s time to turn on your air conditioning this summer, your system is ready to keep you cool.

If you have a traditional heat pump, your unit works almost year-round. Keeping your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. That constant use means wear and tear on parts. This is why heat pump maintenance on a regular basis is critical to the longevity of your unit.

You should get in the habit of having regular heat pump maintenance performed on your system twice each year. Once in the spring, and again in the fall.

What Spring Heat Pump Maintenance Should Focus On

Pressure wash the outdoor unit. Spring is the best time to do this. Wait until the weather has warmed up and you’re certain that you won’t be using your heat again until the fall. Pressure washing of this component removes winter grime and bits of gravel that can frequently get caught inside of parts during the cold, wet and slushy weather. It also helps to loosen up and remove dead leaves that may have gotten caught in its parts. A clean system runs more efficiently. Plus, you’re less likely to incur damage to parts from all those bits of debris.

Spring heat pump maintenance should include checking and/or changing your filter.Check your filter. Depending on the type and quality of the filter you use in your system, the frequency with which you should change that filter varies. Your heat pump maintenance should include replacing your filter, which needs to be replaced every 3 months if using the high grade filters, or monthly if using the inexpensive fiberglass filters with no allergen protection.

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Is the filter visibly dirty or clogged? If you can see bits of dust and debris in it, it’s a good idea to change it. If dust and debris is minimal and you don’t plan on running your system for a few months, you can opt to change it before you turn it on in the warmer weather. Just don’t forget! If there’s a lot of debris in it, go ahead and change it now. It might be a better idea just to make a habit of changing your filter when you have it serviced, regardless of whether it’s time or not, just so you don’t forget. We’re not talking about a lot of money to change the filter, but it can be a lot of money if you don’t.

When you replace the filter, write the date on the new one in permanent marker. This way you’ll know for certain whether you’ve been using it longer than one or three months, again depending on the type of filter you’re using.

Get your system inspected. You should do this at least once per year. If you did it in the fall, it may not be necessary to do it again in the spring. If you didn’t do it last fall, definitely plan to get it done this spring.

Spring is an ideal time to attend to your heat pump maintenance. This way you won’t swelter if it turns out that there is something wrong or if a part needs replacing. Few things are worse than waiting until the first heat wave to turn on the cooling unit, only to discover that it’s not working, and now you’re stuck with no a/c while you wait for a new part to be ordered and installed.

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Taking care of your heat pump maintenance now is a smart investment. Call Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. to schedule your spring checkup of your heat pump. Call us today at 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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