As the Delray Beach temperature goes down, 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 cooler 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 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 should. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have Kilbourne Heating & AC perform ongoing 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 monthly 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 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 accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might require a good cleaning.
If you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Kilbourne Heating & AC 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 stop 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 modify your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at desired 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 Kilbourne Heating & AC a call at 561-287-7071 and our experts can walk you through it.