Summer is officially here, though we’ve been feeling it in this area for quite a while. As the temperature from day to day starts to rise, you’re no doubt going to be putting more demand on your heat pump to keep cool. More demand means more wear and tear on the system, which means an increased chance of problems developing. If you want to make sure that your heat pump stays in good condition for the rest of the summer, it’s in your best interest to schedule preventive maintenance for it as soon as possible. You should do this even if you had the heat pump looked at in the last year.
Maintenance, Efficiency, and Problems
As is the case with most climate control systems, the problems that are likely to occur with heat pumps don’t immediately announce themselves. Most of them don’t have obvious symptoms until they’ve been around for a while, which is bad news for you because it means that you probably won’t suspect that you have a problem until it’s already caused damage. If you want to limit the damage to your heat pump as much as possible, you need to make sure that you catch those problems before they have the chance to develop that far. That’s what preventive maintenance is for.
Preventive maintenance appointments give your technician the opportunity to find and fix problem areas early, so that they don’t get far enough along to threaten the system. This is extremely effective for most heat pump issues. In fact, a heat pump that receives regular preventive maintenance is up to 40% more energy efficient than one that doesn’t. Regularly maintained heat pumps are also up to 90% less likely to develop problems, which is very good news when you’re running yours for multiple hours a day during the summer.
Bi-Annual vs. Annual Maintenance
Most professionals recommend annual maintenance for climate control systems like air conditioners and heaters. This is because those systems typically have one season out of the year when they’re put under increased strain. The maintenance appointment is scheduled for the season before that to ensure that the system is in top condition to deal with the added stress. Things work a bit differently with heat pumps, though.
A heat pump is in use year-round, which means that it has two high-demand seasons instead of one. A heat pump will be put under roughly twice the amount of strain as other climate control systems, which means that it will wear down twice as fast. If you want to counteract this wear and tear, you need to schedule maintenance twice as often. One maintenance appointment during spring and one during the fall should be enough in most cases. However, even if you missed the spring window, you should schedule maintenance as soon as possible anyway. Better to have it done late than not at all.
PRK Services, Inc. offers comprehensive heat pump maintenance services in Argyle, TX. If you need heat pump services this summer, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your heat pump can keep you cool and comfortable throughout the summer.