The 3 Types of Maintenance Needed for a Ductless Heat Pump
“What maintenance is required for my heat pump?”
It’s a universal question asked by those who currently own and those thinking of purchasing a ductless heat pump.
The good news is the majority of maintenance you can do yourself with the help of a step stool, a rag and possibly a whipper snipper.
It’s your responsibility as the homeowner to ensure that:
- The indoor unit is clear of dust and dirt on the top
- The indoor unit filters are kept clean
- The outdoor unit is kept clear of tall grass, leaves and other yard debris
- The outdoor unit is kept clear of snow during the winter
If you can stay on top of these four areas then your heat pump should continue to operate properly for years to come.
Once every 12-18 months, it is a good idea to have your contractor in to service your machine. They will inspect all connections on the outdoor unit, ensure there are no issues starting to arise with the outdoor motor or fan and ensure the indoor unit is operating at optimal capacity.
We’ve outlined a simple maintenance routine you can follow throughout the year to ensure your ductless heat pump works well all heating season.
Each month check the filters of your indoor unit, rinse them off if needed and wipe clean the top of the indoor unit with a dry or slightly damp rag.
Air returns at the top of your indoor heat pump unit and the filters inside catch any dust that may be in the air. Over time the dust and dirt will build up on these filters and will affect the performance and airflow of your system.
If too much dust accumulates on the filters it will begin to build-up on the coil of the indoor unit. This will lead to a more expensive deep clean of the machine.
You may find that cleaning your filters every two or three months is adequate; all homes are different. We would advise starting with once a month in the beginning.
Especially between Winter & Spring, and Fall & Winter you should inspect your outdoor unit for yard debris, tall grass, leaves, etc. Clear away anything that could get caught up in the fan.
During winter, after each snowfall, check your outdoor heat pump unit to ensure there has not been any drifting or snow accumulation in front of your outdoor unit.
Snow buildup around the outdoor unit starves the machine of air. This often leads to the machine freezing up or worse, a failure of the fan motor.
By simply clearing away any snow that builds up around the machine each time you’re shoveling your driveway and walk you’ll stay on top of it and avoid any issues.
Once every 12-18 months it’s a good idea to have your contractor into the home to inspect the operation of your machine, check connections and wires and just all around give the machine a good look over.
To book an annual maintenance check-up for your heat pump, before the winter heating season hits, give us a call today at 902-895-0246 or submit the form on this page now.