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Heat Pump Maintenance in Mechanicsville

If you want your heat pump to work effectively through all the Mechanicsville seasons, regular service is crucial. It’s the simplest way to save energy and avoid a costly, annoying breakdown.

Without a semi-yearly tune-up, your heat pump can cost you quite a chunk of change in utility bills and home comfort. Studies show heat pumps that aren’t serviced regularly work much harder.

An extremely neglected outdoor unit can use 10 to 25 percent more energy than a taken care of unit, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

You’ll see that shown on your heating and cooling costs monthly—and it won’t be cheap.

Maintenance makes your system more reliable too. You could have complications lurking just under the surface. A professional service visit can help take care of them before they become a more expensive fix. You’ll avoid service calls for routine problems like freezing up or nonstop running. And that saves you time and money.

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Heat Pump Maintenance Checklist

You already know maintenance is important for an efficient, trustworthy heat pump. But what can you do to plan for your regular tune-up? Here are some DIY things to finish before your M & S Heating & Air LLC technician shows up:

  • Check your outdoor unit. Your heat pump needs to remain clear at all times to keep your home comfortable. Make sure there’s no debris on or around your unit. You’ll need about two feet open around your unit in all directions.
  • Clean up your system. Ensure your outdoor unit is clean. If you see dirt or grime, turn it off and delicately clean it with a lower pressure hose. Remove dust and dirt inside by cleaning your vents.
  • Routinely change your air filter. Your air filter keeps your air clean and your heat pump working well. Remember to change it every few months.

When your technician does get there, they’ll have a whole list of their own to tackle. Here’s a few things your M & S Heating & Air LLC expert will do during routine maintenance.

  • Thoroughly check your system. Your technician will check out a variety of different aspects of your system—including your ducts, coil, blower, motor and more—for dust and dirt.
  • Clean your system. If they find buildup in your system, your technician will remove it. They’ll also clean your coils and condensation pan.
  • Check refrigerant. Your technician will take a look at your refrigerant level and refresh it if required.
  • Examine moving parts. Your system is built from parts that need to work together smoothly. If your technician finds trouble, they’ll make sure to lubricate your system’s parts.
  • Check electrical connections. Your system is a complicated, electrical appliance. Make sure it’s safe with a visit from a M & S Heating & Air LLC professional.

How Often Should I Have Maintenance Done on My Heat Pump?

We recommend bringing in a professional at least biannually—once in the fall and once in the spring. When temperatures first change, it’s a good time for a system tune-up. After all, your system works all the time to keep you comfortable. All of that work can cause strain or even a breakdown, especially if left without maintenance.

Heat Pump Repair and Replacement

Seeing bigger trouble with your HVAC? M & S Heating & Air LLC can help with that too. We can fix any brand of heat pump, or help you find a new model if necessary.

When it comes to your home comfort, efficiency and reliability, heat pump maintenance is one of the most impactful things you can do. The M & S Heating & Air LLC team is here for you when you need it. Call us at 301-363-4699 or make an appointment with us online.

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