Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair

March 06, 2018

As the Crestview temperature drops, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep everyone in your house comfortable. While it will unavoidably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to reduce excess strain on your heat pump that could lead to a heat pump repair.

Is Your Filter Dirty?

Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and make sure it’s clean. We can’t say it enough. This is a very simple 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 mean a breakdown. If you have Gordon Air Conditioning 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 see 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 alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting 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 Gordon Air Conditioning 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 home during times when it’s not necessary—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your routine and heat your home at certain 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 Gordon Air Conditioning a call at 850-250-0335 and our experts can walk you through it.