As the Auburn and Opelika temperature goes down, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inescapably run the longest during cooler months, there are some things you can do to prevent 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: check your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive 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 more difficult for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it should. All this extra work can lead to a breakdown. If you have Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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 once a month and change it again when you start to see 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 allow the warm air to flow through your space and ease the load on your heat pump. If you feel the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might require a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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 stop 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 required—like when you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your routine and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and lower any strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you would like more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Farnell Mechanical, Inc. a call at 334-524-2458 and we will be happy to help.