When it comes to getting prepared for winter, many Haverhill residents overlook preventive maintenance. Of course, preventative maintenance is what helps keep their HVAC and plumbing working smoothly. One particular area that gets overlooked in seasonal upkeep is the heat pump portion of a central heating and cooling system.

While the summer might provide the chance to check refrigerant levels and make sure that all of the parts of your HVAC are working to keep homeowners cool, checking the heat pump side can often get ignored until problems arise.

Systems with heat pumps can be energy efficient because they generate heat from electricity as opposed to furnace systems which burn fuel (natural gas) to create heat. While this kind of system might provide enough heat for more moderate climates, homes in colder areas, such as Massachusetts, often use heat pumps in conjunction with a home furnace to support and move warm air efficiently through the home.

Because of that, making sure that the heat pump is working effectively can help prevent against failure of defrosting or back-up features.

A maintenance contract with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone helps make sure that your heat pump system will be working well all year long. Understanding what goes into keeping your heat pump working well will help you identify any problems that might show up during other parts of the year too.

Here are some of the things that a professional technician will check when maintaining your heat pump:

  • Inspect the air filter: A dirty air filter is one of the most common causes of HVAC problems, and one of the easiest to solve. It’s also one of the most commonly ignored parts of the HVAC system by a homeowner. Replacing or cleaning the air filter quarterly will make it less likely to impact your airflow. Depending on the condition of the filter, a technician will clean or replace your filter with a new one during their visit.
  • Inspect the electrical components: Another way to make sure that things are working properly with your heat pump (and most any HVAC system) is to check electrical wires and ensure there is a tight connection. Loose connections can cause wires to overheat and burn up. While many homeowners might be hesitant to tamper with their electrical wiring, a maintenance professional brings the experience and expertise to know exactly where to look and what to do. They’ll even check the amperage of the electric elements to make sure that the unit is starting and shutting down properly, investigate heat strips for heat damage and replace any wires that are showing wear.
  • Flush lines, check fluids and clean the condensing unit: This is where having a trained technician comes in handy, as most homeowners won’t feel comfortable doing tasks like cleaning and oiling the blower motor, flushing the drain line or checking the indoor condensing coil. All these elements, if left unchecked, can get dirty or clogged and start to impact the efficiency of your heat pump.
  • Check the thermostat: The thermostat is an essential element of the heat pump system that should be included in any winter maintenance inspection. While making sure your home thermostat is reading your air temperature properly before firing up the heating pump, it is also important to make sure that the heating pump’s temperature controls are accurately showing the amount of heat being produced. A technician has the tools to verify proper levels and can check all of the thermostat connections, as well as make sure that the thermostat is level.

As with all HVAC maintenance, homeowners should be aware of the factors that go into making sure that their heating and cooling system is working at peak efficiency. A maintenance contract with a Climate Zone certified technician means you have expert support for your home’s comfort.

Even if you have the ability to do the basic maintenance of your system, a maintenance contract makes sure that your system will get a thorough review before dealing with the winter chill.

Find out how a maintenance agreement with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can help you get ready for the cold. Call us at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll help make sure that your home is comfortable all year round.