G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pump Maintenance’

Heat Pumps: Double the Workload, Double the Maintenance

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Because our winters are relatively mild, compared to areas such as the Midwest or the Northeast, at least, using a heat pump in Everett, WA actually makes a lot of sense. These systems use existing heat in the air outside in order to heat homes with great efficiency, and they reverse their operation during the summer in order to vent heat from the air within a home to the great outdoors. If you want to keep your heat pump in great working condition, of course, it is important that you schedule the routine heat pump maintenance that your system needs to succeed. This may be more than you realize, though.

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What Parts of Your Heat Pump Require Maintenance?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

A heat pump is an important investment in your home comfort. Heat pumps are some of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available for purchase today. Air source heat pumps work a lot like traditional split-system air conditioners to cool down a home by using refrigerant to pull heat from the air in your house and release it to the outside. But in cooler weather, refrigerant can reverse to bring heat into the house.

A lot of important components are required in order for this process to take place. And since your heat pump is such a vital investment, you should protect it by keeping the parts maintained. A well-maintained heat pump won’t run into too much trouble, and it will likely run more efficiently. Many people notice that their electrical bills lower soon after heat pump maintenance, and that their systems cool or heat the home faster.

So which parts of your system will a technician look at during professional heat pump maintenance? Well the short answer is everything! Each and every component of your system should be looked over during a maintenance inspection so that a technician can determine if something is in need of repair or adjustment. This is simply not a job for an amateur. A technician is better able to recognize whether something is not quite right. Contractors keep all of the tools necessary for heat pump maintenance on hand and you can schedule repairs sooner if necessary.

A contractor will also clean any component that could be hindered by dirt and debris. Dirt on the coils may keep refrigerant from absorbing heat properly, which could decrease efficiency and lead to repairs. Professionals know the proper methods to use to make minor adjustments and ways to clean that won’t damage the unit. There is one component you can clean or replace on your own: the air filter. This must be either replaced or cleaned every one to three months if you run your air conditioner frequently, as a clogged filter blocks air from entering the heat pump.

Call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to schedule heat pump maintenance with a professional technician at your home in Bothell.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Modes?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Heat pumps are pretty ingenious devices, as they provide both heating and cooling. They are able to do this because they are made with a component called a reversing valve. The reversing valve allows the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling because the valve changes the direction of the refrigerant flow. Unfortunately, there are times when the valve can get stuck, either in a mode or in between. No matter what position the reversing valve is stuck in, the result is a heat pump that won’t work. One of the best ways to avoid this kind of repair is to schedule bi-annual heat pump maintenance, and to schedule it with a company you can trust: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

Reasons for a Heat Pump to Be Stuck

The reversing valve is a complex component, and there are a few reasons that can cause it to become stuck:

  • Bad solenoid – every heat pump has a solenoid. The solenoid is a small electrical component that helps move the heat pump from one mode to another. If the solenoid malfunctions, this can cause the heat pump to become stuck. Solenoids can be replaced, so if your heat pump is stuck because of a bad solenoid, the repair is fairly easy.
  • Refrigerant leak – refrigerant leaks can develop inside the reversing valve. While refrigerant leaks can be repaired with air conditioning systems, this is not the case with a reversing valve. Unfortunately, if your reversing valve develops a refrigerant leak, the valve will need to be replaced.
  • Problems with thermostat – when you have a heat pump, the thermostat in your home is the instrument that allows you to switch modes – just press the button. However, if your thermostat is malfunctioning, due to frayed, disconnected or corroded wiring, the heat pump may not be getting the message to switch modes.

Because your heat pump works year-round, it should be scheduled for maintenance twice a year. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your heat pump in Lynnwood, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and schedule an appointment today!

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Lake Stevens Heat Pump Tip: Outdoor Maintenance

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Sometimes, the trickiest part about owning a heat pump in Lake Stevens is keeping the outdoor components maintained. Because they are outside and generally out of sight, it can be easy to forget or neglect them. But because they are outside and exposed to the elements, outdoor heat pump components need attention and maintenance to keep them running properly.

The two most important routine maintenance functions you can do as an owner of an outdoor heat pump are keeping it free of debris and keeping it level.

Every month or so, inspect and clean your outdoor heat pump to make sure it is free of leaves, dirt and other debris. These can easily be sucked in by the fan and reduce the efficiency of the whole system. Turn the power off to the unit and use a vacuum or broom to remove any accumulated debris.

Once or twice a year, use a carpenter’s level to make sure the whole thing is sitting level on the pad. Use the level to gauge both side to side and front to back. While you are doing this, check the insulation for erosion or gaps. If you see that it is not level or the insulation is wearing thin, have a contractor come out reset the unit on the concrete pad or patch up the insulation.

These are two small maintenance tasks that you don’t have to do very often, but they can make a big difference in the performance and life of your heat pump.

In addition, you should always have your Lake Stevens home’s heating, ventilation and cooling system inspected by a professional annually in order to keep everything maintained and in good repair.

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Marysville Heat Pump Maintenance Guide

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Just like any HVAC system, the heat pump in your Marysville home needs routine maintenance and yearly check-ups to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. You also don’t want your heat pump to wear down to the point of a major malfunction or breakdown, which can be costly to repair or may require a complete system replacement.

Here are some things that could go wrong and cost you a lot more in the end if you don’t keep up with the regular maintenance of your heat pump.

Damage to the Compressor

The compressor in a split-system heat pump works whether you are heating or cooling your home. In the winter, the compressor reverses the flow of the refrigerant to defrost the outdoor coils, and in the summer it supplies the refrigerant to cool the home, as well as cooling the outdoor coils. Proper airflow is vital to keeping the compressor running smoothly. Filters that are not changed regularly, dirty coils, and dirty fans can all restrict airflow, which will damage the compressor. Debris around the outside components should also be cleared to allow proper airflow.

Decreased Efficiency

When dirty or broken components restrict the airflow, this damages the compressor and decreases the heat pump’s efficiency levels.  Not only is it important to clean your heat pump regularly, but you should also have it checked by a certified heating technician once a year. This will also prevent safety hazards and other hidden issues with the heat pump.

Improper Refrigerant Levels

Most heat pumps are charged with refrigerant at the factory; however, if models that are charged when they are installed are not given the right amount of refrigerant this can also affect performance levels. Refrigerant leaks and other common problems can be prevented by scheduling an annual maintenance visit with one of our qualified Marysville technicians.

Don’t wait until the heat pump in your home stops working, call to schedule your yearly check-up.

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