It’s important to maintain your heat pump & gas furnace this season
Proper maintenance of your heat pump or gas furnace is key to optimal performance. This is especially true as we head into the chilly winter months – yes, even here on Vancouver Island.
The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%. Those percentages add up to dollar signs very quickly.
If you have a gas furnace, you first need to assess the age of your furnace. A furnace more than 20 years old wastes fuel and should be replaced. They operate at about 60% efficiency, whereas newer models operate at a rate of more than 98%, substantially lowering energy costs.
What seasonal maintenance should you perform?
For a heat pump, you should clean or replace its filters as often as needed, and generally maintain it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters, coils and fans reduce airflow, decrease system performance and can damage your system’s compressor.
If you’re unsure how often your filter should be cleaned/replaced, start by checking it monthly. Record the dates of cleaning/replacement and, after a year of records, you’ll have a good understanding of the appropriate frequency. Remember – every system is different; understanding your own is best.
Outdoor coils should be cleaned whenever they appear dirty, as well as the return and supply registers in your home. It’s also a good idea to keep the area around your outdoor unit clear of vegetation and clutter.
On gas furnaces, filters also play an important role in safety and efficiency. During peak heating season, these filters should likewise be checked every month.
At least once a year, you should have your heat pump or furnace inspected and serviced by a certified technician
· Inspect ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions
· Diagnose and seal any duct leaks
· Verify adequate airflow by measurement
· Verify correct refrigerant charge by measurement
· Check for refrigerant leaks
· Inspect electric terminals and, if necessary, clean and tighten connections and apply nonconductive coating
· Lubricate motors and inspect belts for tightness and wear
· Verify correct electric control
· Verify correct thermostat operation
· Check for cracks in the combustion chamber
· Ensure that dangerous levels of the carbon monoxide aren’t going unnoticed
· Inspect the pilot light, motor, bearings, heater exchange and the burner assembly
Why choose Temprite Climate Solutions?
Whether your home is heated by a heat pump or a gas furnace, our highly knowledgeable Red Seal certified technicians are just a phone call away.
We’re a proud supplier of Daikin ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency gas furnaces, offering experienced service, maintenance and free in-home consultations.
Contact us by email or phone us directly at 250-465-2490. We’re more than happy to answer any questions or concerns.