Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair

March 06, 2018

As the Payson temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will unavoidably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to avoid excess strain on your heat pump that could lead to a heat pump repair.

Is Your Filter Dirty?

Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and make sure it’s clean. We can’t say it enough. This is a very simple way to keep your heat pump working 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 normally would. All this extra work can lead to a breakdown. If you have North Mechanical Heating and Cooling perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a wonderful 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 work harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow 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 require a good cleaning.

If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give North Mechanical Heating and Cooling a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.

Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat can help prevent 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 necessary—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and lower any strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.

If you could benefit from more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give North Mechanical Heating and Cooling a call at 928-263-8570 and we can help.