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Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Fall Maintenance

Posted on: October 18, 2016

We’ve written during the last few weeks about how important it is to arrange for heating maintenance during the fall so your home heating system will be prepared for the arrival of cold weather. If you have a heat pump for your home comfort, you might have read this advice and thought, “My heat pump already had its annual service in spring. Does it really need a second visit?”

The answer is, “Yes, it absolutely does.”

Heat pumps require maintenance twice a year

Here’s the main issue with heat pump maintenance: it has to happen twice a year. Heat pumps are not like furnaces or air conditioning systems, each of which only requires maintenance once annually. A furnace does its primary work during the winter, and almost no work during the summer. An air conditioning system does its primary work during summer, and may not come on at all during the winter. But a heat pump…

You can see where this is headed. Think about how much the heat pump in your home works during the year. As a system that provides both heating and cooling, a heat pump does an immense workload, running almost every day through both winter and summer, and plenty of times in the seasons between. And no matter whether it’s in heating or cooling mode, a heat pump uses the same sets of components: compressor, fans, motors, indoor and outdoor coil, etc.

So the heat pump you used all through the summer has accumulated immense wear. When you switch it over to heating mode as the winter weather starts, you want to have as much of that wear removed as possible. That’s where fall maintenance is essential. Professionals will see that your heat pump is cleaned and tuned-up and any repair issues located before it needs to put in the second part of its annual job.

Bud Matthews Services serves Durham, NC and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to arrange for heating maintenance.

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