As the Long Beach temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep everyone in your house comfortable. While it will inevitably 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: assess your air filter often and keep it clean. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive 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 should. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have YES R&M Inc. perform ongoing annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and replace it if needed. It’s a good idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter once a month and change it again when you start to observe 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 run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your house and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork checked out. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give YES R&M 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 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 required—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less 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 YES R&M Inc. a call at 562-286-6624 and our experts can walk you through it.