As the Los Angeles temperature gets cooler, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will inevitably run the longest during winter 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: check your air filter often and keep it clean. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive way to keep your heat pump operating 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 AZ Air Conditioning and Heating perform routine 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 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 run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to let the warm air to flow through your house 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 gathering on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.
If you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give AZ Air Conditioning and Heating 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 home during times when it’s not necessary—like when you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize 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 would like more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give AZ Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 800-296-5088 and we will be happy to help.