Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump Maintenance’

Why We Clean Your Heat Pump During Maintenance

Friday, March 13th, 2015

When functioning properly, a heat pump is capable of effectively cooling a home, as well as of heating it with outstanding energy efficiency. With that being said, of course, there is simply no way in which you can hope for your heat pump to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if you do not schedule routine heat pump maintenance in Wellington. There is no other way in which you can count on getting the very best performance that a heat pump has to offer. Fortunately for you, the professional heat pump maintenance technicians here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning are never more than a phone call away.

One of the most important ways in which our technicians can keep your heat pump healthy is to clean it thoroughly during our routine maintenance services. There are a couple of reasons as to why doing so is so important. While it is true that heat pumps, which run on electricity, may not get as dirty as systems burning oil or other combustible fuels, the debris that accumulates within your system can take a toll. The grilles, ducts, heating elements, and fins of the heat pump should all be cleaned yearly to ensure proper functioning.

It is also vital that air passages around the heat pump are kept clean, which may require that a professional technician employ the use of vacuums, brushes, and other tools. Even if conditioned air is flowing from your ductwork, you must keep in mind the fact that your heat pump may be working harder than it should have to in order to make this the case. Excessive airflow resistance can really drive down efficiency levels, leaving you to pay more than you should have to when heating and cooling your home with such an efficient system.

Heat pumps work throughout the entire year in order to keep you comfortable. Show them the TLC that they need so that they can do so effectively and reliably. Prevent the buildup of dirt on electrical components or debris from reducing airflow. These are precisely some of the issues, among others, which will be addressed during heat pump maintenance in Wellington.

Schedule service with the experienced technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Cooling, and your heat pump will be cleaned and tuned up with the expertise and attention to detail that the job demands.

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Stages of a Heat Pump Maintenance Session

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Heat pumps are remarkable appliances for year-round comfort: in one system, you have both heating and cooling achieved through the same energy-saving method of heat exchange. Even if you live in a part of Colorado with extremely cold winters that might restrict the action of a heat pump during heating mode, you can always make use of a hybrid system that hooks up your heat pump to a backup heater so you’ll always have sufficient warmth no matter the temperature outside.

Like any home comfort system, a heat pump requires regular maintenance for it to keep working efficiently and effectively. You need to schedule two visits a year for it, one before the warm weather starts and one before the cold weather. We’ll look at the stages of heat pump maintenance a Wellington, CO system will undergo when it’s time for the summer preparation session.

To sign up for a maintenance program today, contact the NATE-certified team at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer excellent Energy Savings Agreements, and have a track record stretching back to 1934 that speaks for itself.

What occurs during heat pump maintenance

  • Thermostat check: The technicians look over the thermostat to ensure that it is properly calibrated to read temperatures correctly and it is maintaining its connection to the heat pump.
  • Inspect the reversing valve: This is the critical component that differentiates a heat pump from an air conditioner, since it allows the heat pump to switch between heating and air conditioning modes.
  • Check on refrigerant level and pressure: The technicians will see that the right amount of refrigerant is in the system (and will fill it if it is not) and at the right pressure to avoid damaging the rest of the components.
  • Clean the indoor and outdoor coils: To prevent the coils from losing their heat absorption/releasing properties, the technicians will remove and clean both coils.
  • Check and clear the condensate lines: Heat pumps have two sets of condensate drainage lines, and the technicians must look over both to see that they are clear of any blockages.
  • Clean and lubricate the motors: The mechanical parts of the heat pump must be clean and well-lubricated to see that they do not undergo too much stress and threaten to overheat or become “fixed.”
  • Electrical systems check: The majority of heat pump repair troubles arise from errors in the electrical system, so the technicians make sure it is in good shape and will tighten any loose connections.
  • Test airflow: The technicians turn on the heat pump and use sensors to see that airflow is normal.

The technicians will not leave your home until they are certain that your heat pump is working its best or else they have helped you schedule any necessary repair work they have uncovered.

You can place your trust in Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for your heat pump maintenance.

We take pride in the service our highly-trained technicians provide, and we offer superior customer service for all your needs for heating and cooling, all year long. Call us today!

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