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Make Sure You Schedule Maintenance for Your Heat Pump This Winter

Heat-PumpYou’re probably already using your heat pump on a daily basis to keep warm, which is to be expected during the winter. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for it yet this season, though you really should have that done sooner rather than later. Professional preventive maintenance is a vital part of ensuring that your heat pump is as prepared as possible to handle the added strain of winter usage. Let’s have a look at why heat pump maintenance is so important to schedule during the fall and winter seasons.

It Catches Problems Before They Do Too Much Damage

A lot of people think that if they avoid calling for professional repair services until they notice a problem, they can save some money. The opposite is true. The majority of heat pump problems don’t even have any warning signs unless they’ve developed far enough to start causing some serious damage. If you wait until symptoms start to present themselves, you’re going to be putting your heat pump in a much more precarious position.

Heat pumps that receive regular maintenance are up to 90% less likely to develop issues in the future than those that do not receive maintenance. They also typically operate up to; 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t receive regular maintenance. Scheduling preventive maintenance on a regular basis can save you a substantial amount of money over the life of your system, and make things quite a bit easier for you. However, you have to make sure that you schedule it often enough if you want to get those benefits out of it. Which brings us to our second point…

Why You Need Bi-Annual Heat Pump Maintenance

The majority of climate control systems, both heating and air conditioning, only have one season out of the year when they are put under added stress. For air conditioners, that time is during the summer, and for heaters it’s winter. Because of this, those climate control systems only need maintenance once a year to help them cope with the added stress. Maintenance is typically conducted the season before, in order to resolve any preexisting issues and ensure that the system is in the best possible condition before added strain is placed on it. Things change a bit when it comes to heat pumps, though.

A heat pump is used throughout the year, as both a heater and air conditioner. That’s part of the reason why they’re so popular among homeowners. Because they’re used more often than other climate control systems, though, they also accumulate wear and tear twice as fast. You should schedule preventive maintenance twice a year to help keep the system in good condition, once during spring and once during fall. If you miss those seasons, though, you should just have it done as soon as possible. Having maintenance done late is quite a bit better than not having it done at all.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers heat pump maintenance services in Gaithersburg, MD. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.