Spring is coming to an end, and people are scrambling to get their homes ready for the heat of summer. If you’re using a heat pump, you may think that you’re already set for the summer season because you had your system checked six months ago. That’s actually not the case. Unlike other systems, heat pumps actually need bi-annual maintenance in order to remain in top operating condition. Let’s take a look at why that is.
Why Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance is beneficial because of how early it allows your HVAC technician to catch problems. Under normal circumstances, most people won’t call for repairs until they notice something specifically wrong with their system. The problem with that is that most system problems don’t manifest until they’re pretty far along. By the time you actually notice any problems, you will likely be too late to prevent the majority of the damage.
Scheduling preventive maintenance allows your technician to closely examine your system in order to fix problems before they have the chance to develop. As long as you consistently schedule preventive maintenance, you can actually save thousands of dollars in repair costs over the lifespan of your heat pump.
Normally, a system only needs preventive maintenance once a year to stay in good condition. Most climate control systems are only used for about a third of the year, though. Heat pumps are used as both heating and air conditioning systems, which means that they are placed under twice as much strain as normal systems. In order to cope with the added wear and tear, you’re going to need to schedule maintenance for your heat pump system twice as often. It is recommended that you schedule heat pump maintenance once during the spring and once during the fall for maximum effect.