As you compose a list of spring cleaning tasks for your home, don’t neglect your heat pump. A seasonal tune-up is important for proper operation, and the affordability of the service makes it a worthwhile investment. Summer will be here before you know it, and you will appreciate the fact that your system provides the comfort you want in your home.

What Is a Heat Pump Tune-Up?

Tune-up service is a comprehensive inspection of your equipment with relevant adjustments and recommendations. From the time you first used your heat pump, it began to experience wear and tear. Over time, moving parts can become worn or weak. Refrigerant lines can leak and system performance can be affected. When we arrive for a maintenance call, we thoroughly examine your equipment and make necessary adjustments. We bring problems to your attention so that they can be corrected before the summer cooling needs. We also make recommendations for services that may be needed to improve your system’s operation.

There are some conditions that can lead to damage or failure in your cooling system. We clean coils and condensate pans. A buildup of dirt in your coils can impede the flow of air and lead to poor system performance and high bills. Your coils can freeze as a result of dirt buildup, leading to compressor damage. Your energy efficiency can be affected by as much as 20 percent, and cleaning can make a big difference in your energy costs.

Low refrigerant levels indicate a potential leak. We add refrigerant as needed. We also pinpoint and make needed repairs with leaks. A lack of 10 percent in your refrigerant lines can elevate your energy usage by approximately 20 percent. Additionally, low refrigerant levels can lead to frozen coils and a damaged compressor. Preventative maintenance allows these issues to be corrected before they can cause damage.

Additional Issues

We often encounter issues during a tune-up that require separate services or evaluations. Some of these include:

  • Leaky ducts may be diagnosed and duct sealing recommended
  • Inadequate system sizing for the home’s load may be observed
  • Air quality issues such as mold in the ducts may be observed and discussed
  • Longevity of the current system may be evaluated
  • Customer questions about energy efficiency or other HVAC issues are answered

Some of the related services can result in extending the life of the existing unit and in improving home comfort levels and energy use. Many of our customers are able to use our expertise to plan for eventual equipment replacement. Others make decisions to upgrade more quickly. Our experience in the HVAC industry enables us to keep up with the latest developments, and high-efficiency equipment is becoming a popular approach to trimming household operating costs. Your HVAC equipment can account for more than half of your energy usage, and the opportunity to save 25 to 40 percent on these costs makes new equipment an important consideration. One of our representatives at Pruett will be happy to help you schedule your maintenance call or discuss additional concerns. Contact us anytime!

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