Sure, you know lint in the dryer trap should be removed before it gets turned on.
Yes, removing grease and slime build up in the dishwasher is just an easy vinegar cycle away.
But who remembers and is it really that important?
All appliances need maintenance and cleaning, and a heat pump is no different.
Luckily, you don’t have to know how a heat pump works to get it clean. Here’s your Heat Pump Cleaning 101:
Indoor Unit Cleaning
Dust and mould build up inside the wall-mounted head and gets circulated into your rooms and the air you breathe.
Dusty filters decrease the amount of airflow and increase the amount on your electric bill. Clean your filters every 1-3 months.
- Turn off the machine
- Open cover, remove filters from the indoor head
- Vacuum or gently wash dusty filters
- Use cold or lukewarm water, not hot
- Soapy or non-soapy water
- Filters can be left to soak if extra grimy
- Let air dry before reinstalling
Outdoor Unit Cleaning
Turn off the power before starting any cleaning or maintenance. For the homeowner, there isn’t much to worry about to keep the outdoor compressor unit running efficiently.
- Keep it clear of weeds, plants, leaves and any type of debris.
- In the winter you must have it clear of snow on all sides and underneath.
Don’t forget to hit the power button and turn your heat pump back on 🙂
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Does a Heat Pump Need a Deep Clean? Should I call a service tech?
It’s best to have a licensed technician service your heat pump every year.
It’s important to check the warranty and any other service agreement that came with your heat pump so that you’re not voiding any warranty or tackling a maintenance job where you may cause more harm than good.
What they’ll do:
The coils, barrel fan and behind the fan are cleaned with a coil cleaner or low-pressure water spray. All run-off is contained within a plastic shield that’s attached to the indoor head and empties into a bucket. The dirty water (trust us, you’ll be surprised how dirty it is) is disposed of and there is no mess.
And most importantly, a licensed technician will inspect your heat pump system for electrical, refrigerant pressure, compressor and other operational issues.
Cleaning your heat pump may seem unnecessary but, regular maintenance is required to keep it running at max efficiency for continued savings on your heating bill.
An easy way to remember to clean your heat pump filters is to do it the same time you check your smoke detectors. When you test your smoke detectors every month, clean your heat pump filters. And when you do your yearly battery change on smoke detectors, schedule your heat pump’s deep clean with a certified technician.
Make sure your system is running efficiently and you’ll get the longest life out of your ductless heat pump.
If you’re not sure what’s covered for service or would like to book a free, in-home heat pump assessment or cleaning give us a call at 902-530-5002 South Shore HVAC or you can fill out the form here and we’ll get back to you asap.