Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump Maintenance’

Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall as Well

Monday, November 4th, 2019

air-conditioner-replacementWe often remind our customers that HVAC maintenance is important around the year. It’s easy to understand why air conditioning in Gainesville, FL needs a good tune-up and inspection in spring to prepare for another sweltering summer. And it’s easy to forget that heating systems must have the same service in fall to prepare a mild, but often surprising, winter. But it’s heat pumps that cause the most confusion among homeowners when it comes to maintenance.

If you have a heat pump to provide comfort for your house, you already know the benefit of how it works: great cooling for most of the year, but it becomes an efficient heater whenever those colder days come around. But because a heat pump is a single system, you might think it only needs to receive professional maintenance once a year. This isn’t true. Your heat pump requires two maintenance visits annually: one in spring, one in fall.

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The Importance of Bi-Annual Heat Pump Maintenance

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Have you scheduled preventive maintenance for your heat pump yet this summer? Even if you last had it done less than a year ago, it’s still very important that you have the system professionally checked out every summer. Heat pumps need maintenance twice as often as other climate control systems. Read on to find out why.

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Be Sure to Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance before Summer

Monday, April 25th, 2016

We’re getting closer and closer to summer, and you’re going to want to make sure that your heat pump is in good condition. Before the full brunt of the hot season comes to bear, you should schedule heat pump maintenance. Even if you already had your heat pump checked out for winter a few months ago, you should make sure to have it checked again before summer. Read on to find out why.

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Don’t Forget to Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance This Summer

Monday, July 27th, 2015

One of the greatest advantages of installing a heat pump in your home is the ability to use it for both heating and cooling. However, this also doubles the amount of stress on the system. Therefore, summer maintenance is doubly important for heat pump systems. Read on for more information about heat pump maintenance, and why you should schedule it for your heat pump this summer.

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What Is Involved in Heat Pump Maintenance?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Heat pumps may sometimes seem like miraculous machines: using the power of an air conditioner to shift heat from one place to another to provide for both heating and cooling, whatever you need for whatever time of the year. But heat pumps are still just electro-mechanical machines, and they will wear down over time and begin to work less efficiently. Although no heat pump will last forever, you can prolong the service life of the one that keeps your family comfortable through a regimen of annual maintenance from professionals like the team at Touchstone Heating and Air Inc.

We’ll look at what actually goes into an annual maintenance visit for a heat pump in Gainesville, FL. This is the level of service you can expect when you sign up for our Energy Saving Agreement.

Here’s what happens during heat pump maintenance:

  • Thermostat calibration. No matter what sort of heater or air conditioner you have in your home, a thermostat controls it, so a key part of maintenance is to see that the thermostat is sensing indoor temperatures accurately.
  • Cleaning the coils. Both the indoor and outdoor coil of the heat pump need to be detached and cleaned so they can carry out heat absorption and heat release effectively.
  • Clean the drip pan. Heat pumps have drip pans under their coils to catch water moisture from condensation. Cleaning the pan makes sure there are no drain obstructions that might lead to overfill and water damage.
  • Electric wiring checks. Faults with wiring in the electric system are among the most common reasons for repairs in a heat pump, so the technicians will take special care to see that all the wires are connected and none are frayed or near to breaking.
  • Refrigerant level check. The charge of the refrigerant should be at the factory-set level; if it isn’t, the technician will recharge it.
  • Inspect and change the filter. This reassures that the system is receiving a steady flow of air from the return vents.
  • Monitor the reversing valve. Should this valve fail, the heat pump will become stuck in one mode.
  • Check and oil the fans. The technician will make sure the two fans can move freely and the blades are tight and undamaged.
  • Examine the run capacitors. Key parts of the electrical system, the capacitors may need replacement if they are aged.
  • Ductwork inspection. The technician will make a visual check on the ventilation system to watch for breaks or gaps.

There are even more steps, but this will give you an idea of how thorough the inspections are: the technician will catch whatever might be wrong, and fine-tune every element of the heat pump.

With the Energy Saving Agreement at Touchstone Heating and Air Inc., you’ll receive the above work, plus a 15% discount on repair services and priority scheduling. Call us today to start taking great care of your heat pump in Gainesville, FL.

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