Heat Pump Tune-Up

Energy-saving advice from DREMC’s Pat Garrett, residential energy advisor

If you’ve heard of “Murphy’s Law,” you know it states “if a thing can go wrong, it will… and at the worst possible time.” Perhaps you’ve not heard of “The Law of Moving Parts” that states “moving parts someday will wear out and, like Murphy’s Law, will wear out at the worst possible time, leaving you in the cold without heat.”

Your electric heat pump has worked hard all summer to keep your home cool on the hottest of days. Now it’s time to have your heat pump checked before winter arrives and “The Law of Moving Parts” claims you as its next target.

A standard tune-up of your heat pump is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure that it’s in good working condition so that you’re not left without heat when you need it most. Like the old adage states, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” It’s best to get the tune-up before you have an expensive repair or replacement bill.

Your heat pump looks like a simple unit, but its design houses a complex assembly of components. A certified HVAC technician starts with the basics and follows through with a thorough assessment that confirms your system’s overall operational integrity. First, he verifies startup functions and checks safety controls. The compressor and evaporator coil make up the heart of the unit, and both are inspected and cleaned. The technician checks the blower wheel’s amperage draw and stability, and he lubricates bearings and motors. He should also check all electrical connections, switches, relays and capacitors. From the reversing valve and auxiliary heat strips to operating pressures and air flow, a professional heat pump tune-up ensures that every piece of equipment is operating in top condition.

Through DREMC’s energy programs, Pat helps members make wise decisions about energy efficiency with the in-home energy audit, which targets problem areas in your home that are wasting energy and money.

When it’s time to get the house ready for cold weather, put fall heat pump maintenance at the top of your to-do list.

Other energy programs include the electric heat pump financing and New Homes Program. Both include rigorous efficiency standards to qualify for applicable rebates and/or financing, while ensuring efficiency for your home.