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

As the Bakersfield temperature goes down, your heat pump usually has to pick up the pace to keep you and your family warm. While it will inescapably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that often leads to 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 needs to. All this extra work can lead to a breakdown. If you have Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly 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 home 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 checked out. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.

If you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and reduce the strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.

If you would like more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 and our experts can walk you through it. 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 book an appointment with us online.