As the Tucson temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will inescapably 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: check your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. 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 normally would. All this extra work can lead to a breakdown. If you have A&M Heating & Cooling LLC perform ongoing annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a good 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 operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to permit the warm air to flow through your home and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC 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 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 needed—like when the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your energy costs 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC a call at 520-200-1048 and we can help.