As the Phoenix temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inescapably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that might result in a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an easy way to keep your heat pump running 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 Integrity AC & Heating LLC perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly 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 operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your house and alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you feel 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 final verdict is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Integrity AC & Heating LLC a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We may be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help stop your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your space during times when it’s not necessary—like when you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and reduce the 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 Integrity AC & Heating LLC a call at 602-971-0567 and we can help.