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Heat Pump Maintenance

Heat Pump Maintenance Service in Muncie, Indiana

If you already have a heat pump or are planning to get one, you should know that the long lifespan associated with these systems and their general ease of use doesn’t mean they require zero maintenance. Heat pump maintenance is just as essential as maintaining more traditional home heating equipment like furnaces and boilers, although the processes involved are a little different.

Geothermal heat pumps are one of the most recently invented home heating technologies, but they are already becoming popular in some areas. Part of the reason so many homeowners are making the switch is that heat pumps don’t burn any kind of fuel, which makes them more environmentally friendly than traditional heating systems. They’re also longer-lasting, boasting lifespans of up to 50 years.

Not all home heating contractors have experience working with heat pumps, so don’t call just any HVAC company. Here at Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we offer a full range of services, including heat pump annual maintenance, repairs, installations, and more. When you trust our expert technicians, you can rest easy knowing that the health of your home heating system is in experienced hands.

What’s Involved in Heat Pump Maintenance?

There are some aspects of maintaining heat pumps that you can and should perform at home. You can keep up with filter changes, for example, and check the condensate drain frequently to ensure it isn’t clogged. All of the DIY maintenance in the world isn’t going to replace the need for an annual tune-up, though.

When we send a technician to perform a heat pump tune-up, it involves far more than just checking filters, ducts, and drains. Our technicians are trained professionals who know just what to look for in terms of minor damage and general wear, and they’ll never cut corners when it comes to inspections or preventative maintenance. During each heat pump tune-up, you can expect our techs to:

Perform a Full Inspection

The first thing technicians do when they arrive is to check the heat pumps themselves. This involves ensuring that the filters are clean and the condensate drains are unobstructed. It also requires checking for leaks and other potentially serious issues.

Test Electrical Components

Modern heat pumps rely on electrical components to function at optimal levels. The wiring needs to deliver just the right voltage and/or amperage to ensure efficient operation and avoid damaging electrical components, so we’ll always check it to be sure that’s the case.

Adjust Ground Loop Pressure

If you have a closed-loop system, it may need to be repressurized periodically to keep it functioning at optimal levels. Our technician will check and adjust pressure levels as needed at each annual tune-up.

Check Refrigerant Levels

Modern geothermal heat pumps utilize environmentally friendly refrigerants to facilitate heat transfer, and it’s often the case that they need exact amounts of the necessary fluids to work as intended. We’ll check refrigerant levels at each maintenance visit to make sure they’re always at the correct level.

Lubricate Moving Parts

The mechanical parts in any home heating system rely on specific amounts of friction to function as intended. Inadequate lubrication can lead to mechanical stress, which increases the chances of equipment failures and expensive repair bills. All non-electrical components should be lubricated annually.

The Benefits of Heat Pump Maintenance

By now it should be clear how much your heat pump will benefit from annual maintenance. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not it’s worth budgeting for professional tune-ups, though, these additional benefits may change your mind:

Be Prepared for Winter

Most people schedule heat pump maintenance for the fall to make sure their systems are ready for the colder months ahead. As with traditional heating systems, this step can help to prevent unexpected breakdowns when they are least welcome, ensuring that you and your family will stay warm all winter long.

Lower Long-Term Costs

Paying for annual heat pump maintenance is far less expensive than the alternative of waiting until something goes wrong and spending the money on repairs instead. Not only is a heat pump tune-up much less expensive than an emergency repair bill, but it’s also great for ensuring that the system lasts for as long as possible. 

Smaller Monthly Bills

Heat pumps are well known for their efficiency. However, no piece of equipment will be as efficient as it could be without adequate maintenance. Scheduling a tune-up prior to the onset of winter can help to keep heating costs under control throughout the season.

Call to Schedule Services Today

When heat pumps need to be tuned up, repaired, or replaced, not just any heating contractor will do. You need someone you can trust, who has the knowledge and experience required to work on these highly specialized systems. That’s just what you’ll get when you call Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Reach out online to schedule a service call or contact us by phone at (765) 444-6175.


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