As the Laguna Niguel temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep everyone in your house comfortable. While it will inescapably run the longest during cooler 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 keep it clean. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive way to keep your heat pump running 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 needs to. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter every month and change it again when you start to notice 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 permit the warm air to flow through your house and ease the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt gathering on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help stop 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 needed—like when the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and reduce the strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you could benefit from more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 949-317-4175 and we will be happy to help.