As the Muskogee temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inevitably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to avoid 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: take a look at 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 operating 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 normally would. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a good idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter once a 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 operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your space and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt gathering on your vent covers, have your ductwork checked out. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We may 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 schedule and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and reduce the strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you want more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. a call at 918-682-8238 and we will be happy to help.