Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the Indian River County temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. 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 often leads to 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 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 result in a breakdown. If you have Custom Air Systems Inc perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and replace it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter every 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 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 ease the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. 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 Custom Air Systems Inc 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 the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your energy bill 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 Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-571-1080 and we will be happy to 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 arrange an appointment with us online.