As the Paso Robles temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inescapably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to avoid 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: take a look at your air filter often and keep it clean. 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 harder for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it should. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have Paso Robles Heating and Air perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter once a month and change it again when you start to notice 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 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 collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Paso Robles Heating and Air a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help avert 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 required—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and lower any strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you would like more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-203-8667 and our experts can walk you through it.