The A-Z of Heat Pump Maintenance

Tuesday June 9, 2020

With heat pump installation, you receive optimal heating and cooling that is not only energy-efficient but also cost-effective. In order to ensure that your heat pumps continue to perform efficiently, it’s important to invest in regular maintenance checks.

Routine heat pump maintenance will protect your renewable installation from wear and tear while ensuring that it operates at peak efficiency. This is extremely important as heat pumps produce clean energy which helps lessen your impact on the environment.

To ensure that you get the most out of your heat pump installation, at JL Phillips, we have put together some heat pump maintenance tips.

Let’s take a look!

Does Your Heat Pump Need to Be Serviced?

As is the case with any heating and cooling system, your heat pump will absolutely benefit from regular preventative maintenance. A heat pump that is well maintained, adds to your energy efficiency efforts and on average consumes 25% less power. 

Routine heat pump maintenance keeps the compressor and other components from being damaged which adds to the pump’s lifespan. With regular upkeep of your renewable installation, you maintain the reliability of your system. This will reduce the risk of breakdowns and potentially costly repairs.

What’s more, you can benefit from the government subsidies that are available under the homeowners RHI program. All you have to do is to check your eligibility for domestic RHI and enjoy the benefits of installing a green heating system. 

To know more about the program, click here!

Can You Troubleshoot and Maintain a Heat Pump by Yourself?

Yes, you can! 

Once you install a heat pump, you should keep an eye on its performance so that you can identify issues and prevent system breakdown. You can ensure that your heat pump continues to run efficiently by performing routine checks like replacing system air filters regularly and dusting the area around the vents. 

However, in reality, heat pump maintenance isn’t something that you can consider a DIY job. Sure, during the lockdown, we have all become home improvement buffs but when it comes to heat pumps, it is best to leave it to trained and experienced heating professionals. Working with refrigerant chemicals and high voltage electricity is very dangerous so seeking expert help is the wise thing to do.

For routine heat pump maintenance and servicing, call in the experts at JL Phillips and we will take care of it for you.

How Often Does a Heat Pump Need to Be Serviced?

Air and ground source heat pumps are sturdy equipment that you need not fuss over as they last for an average of 15 years. This doesn’t mean you need to compromise on its maintenance, however, as that plays a crucial role in extending its life. Luckily, you need not schedule professional maintenance checks that often. Calling in heating professionals once a year will suffice. This makes heat pump installation one of the best investments as you don’t have to incur maintenance costs frequently.

What Are Some DIY Maintenance Tips?

While the difficult part of heat pump servicing should be left to the experts, there are some DIY tips you can perform to keep your green heating system in good working condition.

Here’s a list of things you can do:

  • Clean or replace the air filters every 30 to 60 days
  • Ensure that the outdoor unit is kept free of leaves, grass, dirt, snow and other debris
  • Maintain a clearance area of at least 2 feet around your heat pump
  • Maintain airflow by dusting the supply and return registers that help keep the vents open
  • Book a visit from a heat pump specialist once or twice a year, for a maintenance check.

JL Phillips for Heat Pump Preventative Maintenance

A well-maintained heat pump is essential for energy efficiency, comfort and cost-effectiveness. By scheduling a professional heat pump maintenance check at least once a year, you can ensure that your system performance is at its peak irrespective of the season. 

If properly maintained, heat pumps have a product life cycle of up to 15 years. Avoid going overboard with your DIY checklist and call in the professionals on a regular basis for optimal results!


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