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

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As the Tampa Bay temperature gets cooler, your heat pump typically 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 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: take a look at 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 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 mean a breakdown. If you have Langford Cooling perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a great 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 let the warm air to flow through your space and ease the load on your heat pump. If you find 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 require a good cleaning.

If you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Langford Cooling 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 prevent your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your house during times when it’s not required—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 utility bills and lower any 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 Langford Cooling a call at 813-418-7884 and we can help. If it’s time for a preventive maintenance appointment or you find that you are in need of a heat pump repair, you can also schedule an appointment with us online.

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