Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the Port Saint Lucie temperature goes down, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will unavoidably run the longest during cooler months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that often leads 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 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 Custom Air Systems Inc perform regular 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 every month 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 let the warm air to flow through your house and alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from a good cleaning. If the final verdict is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Custom Air Systems Inc 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 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 needed—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your routine and heat your home at specific 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 would like more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-335-3232 and our experts can walk you through it. 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.