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Things That Strain Your Heat Pump That Could Lead to a Repair

As the Irvine temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will inevitably run the longest during cooler months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that could lead to a heat pump repair.

Is Your Filter Dirty?

Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: check your air filter often and make sure it’s clean. We can’t say it enough. This is an easy 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 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 mean a breakdown. If you have True Home Heating and Air Conditioning perform regular 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 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 allow the warm air to flow through your house and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you feel 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 True Home Heating and Air Conditioning 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 prevent 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 everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your routine and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and put less 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 True Home Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 949-258-7259 and our experts can walk you through it. 

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