Spring is finally here, and among other things that means it’s time to get your home ready for summer. The days are starting to warm up, and it won’t be long before they’ll be quite uncomfortable without a working air conditioning system. If you’re using a heat pump to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, you need to make sure you schedule preventive maintenance for it during the next couple of weeks. Yes, even if you had it looked at just a few months ago before the start of winter.
The Benefits of Maintenance
It’s never a bad idea to schedule maintenance for a heat pump, or indeed for pretty much any climate control system. Years of normal use cause parts of the heat pump to wear down, making it more likely for problems to occur. When problems do occur, they often don’t give off any kind of warning sign until they’ve already inflicted a lot of damage. The only way to catch these issues in time to keep the heat pump in relatively good condition is to use preventive maintenance.
A preventive maintenance appointment involves an exhaustive check of all parts of the system. Any areas that are already experiencing issues, or look as though they might soon develop them, can be dealt with before the problems get any worse. Maintenance helps to slow the effects of wear and tear on the system as well, making it less likely for problems to develop in the future. You can never completely guarantee that a system won’t run into issues of some sort, but you can make sure it is as protected as possible.
Some homeowners express surprise when we tell them they need to have their heat pumps checked twice a year. If you previously used a standard heater/air conditioner dual system configuration in your home, you might be surprised as well. The reason heat pumps need maintenance twice as often as other systems is related to how often they are used.
Heaters and air conditioners only have one stressful time of year: winter for heaters and summer for air conditioners. Because scheduling maintenance before seasons of heavy stress is the ideal time, these systems only need one maintenance appointment per year. Heat pumps are a bit different. A heat pump is used all year-round, which means it accumulates a bit more wear and tear than other types of systems. In order to cope with this wear and tear, the system must receive maintenance twice as often. Some maintenance is better than no maintenance, of course. But if you want to keep your heat pump functioning properly, you need to schedule maintenance for it once in spring and once in fall.
Shellaby A/C & Refrigeration offers a full range of heat pump maintenance services in San Antonio, TX. If you haven’t schedules preventive maintenance for your heat pump yet this spring, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll get your system ready for summer.