Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the Paso Robles temperature drops, your heat pump usually has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inevitably run the longest during cooler 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: assess your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive way to keep your heat pump working 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 needs to. 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 replace it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter every month and change it again when you start to observe 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 permit the warm air to flow through your home and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt gathering on your vent covers, have your ductwork checked out. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from a good cleaning. If the final verdict 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 could 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 house during times when it’s not needed—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 energy costs and put less 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-238-7553 and we can help. If it’s time for a preventive maintenance appointment or you find that you are in need of a heat pump repair, you can also schedule an appointment with us online.