Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the Sylmar temperature goes down, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. 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 might result in 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 harder for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it normally would. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a good 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 run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your home and alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you feel 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 require a good cleaning. If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning 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 avert 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 necessary—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your utility bills 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 818-370-7266 and we will be happy to 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.