As the unwelcome fingers of Old Man Winter surround you, you try to turn the heat up in your home. But you suddenly realize that your heat pump isn’t working properly. You may be tempted to try to fix it yourself, but you’re better off waiting on a heat pump repair professional to get the job done correctly.
Heat pumps have become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. When they work properly, they can deliver 1.5 to three times the energy than they consume in electricity, as they move heat instead of converting heat from a fuel.
Unfortunately, if you can’t get your pump to work, you’ll be left out in the cold. Fortunately, a repair professional can have you singing “The Heat is On” in no time. Here’s a glimpse at why it’s so important that you leave heat pump repair to the professionals this winter.
With a heat pump, you don’t need two separate systems — one for heating and one for cooling — as your pump is essentially a two-in-one system. It’ll help you stay comfortable no matter whether it’s cold or hot outdoors.
Another benefit of these machines? They are far more wallet-friendly and eco-friendly than traditional furnaces are, as they don’t have to burn gas or oil. That’s enough to make both you and Mother Earth smile.
A heat pump can also make your living space feel more comfortable, as it decreases your indoor humidity effectively when compared with a central air conditioner.
In addition, you can heat or cool only those rooms your family uses if you have a mini-split system that is zoned. That’s yet another way to save on utility costs year-round. Plus, you can receive a tax rebate that will shave off 30 percent of your pump installation costs.
Can you say cha-ching?
A heat pump is especially an excellent choice in a climate such as that of Colombia, South Carolina, as the weather is relatively mild here. A climate with extreme weather would be better served by a furnace.
Unfortunately, even with the most state-of-the-art heat pumps, you can encounter issues at some point.
If your pump isn’t switching on, don’t fear. Just check the batteries in your remote control first to see if they may be the culprit. If not, go ahead and check your fuse box’s fuse as well.
If you notice that your home’s temperature is correct but the flow of air is not as strong as it could be, be sure to check your filters. They could be filled with debris and thus require cleaning.
If none of this helps, then it’s time to get in touch with your heat pump repair service provider.
So, what are some other reasons to get in touch with a heat pump repair professional? Here’s a rundown of them:
Don’t try to fix these problems yourself. You just may end up making them worse, which could spell even bigger bucks than you may have had to cough up in the first place.
A qualified heat pump professional knows exactly what your pump needs, how it needs it and when it needs it to keep running at its optimum level.
Here is some of what your professional can do for your pump — and thus for you:
Your repair person can also teach you how you can keep your pump operating in tip-top condition even when he or she is not there.
Hiring a professional to repair your heat pump or furnace offers a multitude of benefits. One of them is a longer lifecycle, as your repair person knows not only what to do to keep your system going but also what to avoid doing.
You’ll also enjoy the benefit of having a more efficient heating system. And that translates to more money in your pocket at the end of the month due to lower utility bills.
A not-so-obvious benefit of having your heat pump professionally repaired is that your filters can effectively do their job of getting rid of odors and bacteria from your home’s air.
The result? You can breathe easier knowing that your home is healthier.
A more obvious benefit of quality heat pump repair is that your home will feel more — well, like home. Home is where the heart is, so if your home feels more comfortable, you can’t help but be a little bit happier.
And that’s priceless.
So, besides obviously calling a repair person when your heat pump is on the fritz, what else should you be doing to take care of this important investment?
First off, change your pump filters every month, as dirty ones will decrease your system’s airflow. This, in turn, makes your system perform poorly and may even ruin its compressor.
Be sure to also clean your system’s outside coils when they look dirty. In addition, every so often, clean your fan after turning off the power to it.
Finally, clean your home’s return and supply registers indoors, and keep clutter and vegetation away from your unit outdoors.
If you take care of your unit, it may last for as many as 15 years. If you don’t stay on top of your heat pump’s health, you can reduce the life of your system by several years.
So, the heat is on to give your heat pump the TLC it needs to take care of you in return.
We offer top-of-the-line heat pump repair services to get — and keep — your heat pump in proper working order.
Contact us to learn more about how we can fix your unit’s issues and service it regularly to keep it going strong in the years ahead.