Most people are aware that their air conditioning system needs maintenance. The reason for this is because proper maintenance allows for HVAC professionals to fully inspect and clean your system. At this time, they’ll make appropriate recommendations for repairs or part replacements. Spring is typically the best time for air conditioner maintenance, allowing your system to get prepped before its longest period of use. Additionally, it’s easier to schedule maintenance at this time with HVAC technicians, who have more open schedules between winter and summer.
What If I Have a Heat Pump?
Your heat pump serves as both a heater and an air conditioner. With this in mind you may want to think about your specific maintenance needs. Unlike a central air conditioner, your heat pump is not a combination of an air conditioner and a furnace sharing the same cabinet and blower fan. Instead, it’s an AC system that reverses the direction of its operation during the winter so that instead of removing heat to the outside, it brings heat to the inside.
Heat pumps operate year-round, which is something a central AC unit does not. This means that a great deal of stress is put on your heat pump, so bi-annual maintenance is essential. And although you should never miss either maintenance appointment, it’s especially pertinent that you have your heat pump maintained in the spring in order for it to face the long, difficult Texas summers.
During your bi-annual maintenance appointment, your HVAC technician will clean the unit, tighten electrical connections, check on refrigerant, lubricate the motors, calibrate the thermostat, clean the condensate pan and drain, and take any other necessary steps to ensure that your heat pump can effectively carry out heat exchange in both directions.
Ensure your heat pump is ready for summer by scheduling a preventive heat pump maintenance appointment in Lake Jackson, TX.