This winter a cold wave has nearly the entire United States in its grips, creating colder than average temps even in the normally moderate areas of the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country. With the grips of “old man winter” upon us, it’s more important than ever to keep our homes heated and our heaters working at peak levels. Heat pump maintenance is an essential part of the overall well-being of your heating unit as well as keeping your heater’s performance levels at their best. Arm Yourself Against the Cold With These Four Tips for Heat Pump Maintenance:
  1. Check your unit for an accumulation of leaves, grass clippings or other items that can prevent air flow through your unit.  If the outdoor unit looks dirty or has a build-up of debris, call for a professional maintenance to clean your unit.
  2. Have a professional take a look at your heat pump. Now is the perfect time to rely on a professional HVAC specialist to help assess the state of your heat pump. Your HVAC technician can check for damaging buildup, look for signs of damage and prevent a complete shutdown that could leave your home unheated during potential cold days ahead.
  3. Check what is located around your heat pump.  It is important to keep your heat pump away from gutter downspouts that can put freezing cold rain water on your outdoor unit.   Also make sure overgrown shrubbery and grass is cut back from the unit giving room for air flow. These heat pump maintenance precautions can help prevent damage and avoid emergency situations.
  4. A small amount of ice accumulation on the coils are normal during freezing rain conditions is normal,  but heavy accumulation of snow, ice, and or leaves on top of the unit can affect operation.  If your heat pump has been through a storm, be sure to check it out after the weather clears up. Carefully clear your unit off to ensure you don’t damage your unit while cleaning it.
Air Specialty has over 25 years of experience in helping its customers stay warm when it’s cold or cool when it’s hot. We’ll quickly spot problems and use our expertise to cost-effectively correct them. You can rely on our certified technicians to provide the best in preventative maintenance for your heat pump this winter and your entire heating and cooling system year round. Contact Air Specialty today for a free consultation.
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