Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair 03/06/2018As the West Palm Beach temperature drops, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will inevitably 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 confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive way to keep your heat pump operating as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it should. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter once a month and change it again when you start to see 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 work harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your space and alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you find 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 you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We may 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 required—like when you’re at work or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and lower any 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 Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc a call at 561-515-5527 and we can help. If it’s time for a preventive maintenance appointment or you find that you are in need of a heat pump repair, you can also schedule an appointment with us online.