Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the Laguna Hills temperature drops, your heat pump usually has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inevitably run the longest during cooler 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: 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 challenging 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 White Mechanical, Inc. perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly and change it again when you start to observe 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 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 collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning. If the final verdict is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give White Mechanical, 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 prevent 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 you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less 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 White Mechanical, Inc. a call at 949-716-8379 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 book an appointment with us online.