The majority of the maintenance of a heat pump comes owner to the user/owner themselves. While a regular check-up from a qualified technician will ensure all parts in the outdoor unit are in tip top shape as well as check connections for tightness, ensuring optimal day-to-day operation comes down to you following the short process in the video above.
If you’re finding that your heat pump is not working the way it used to either in cooling or heating mode eight times out of ten the issue comes down to clogged filters.
We’ve done numerous service calls only to open the indoor unit and find a thick layer of dust and dirt covering the indoor unit filters. This drastically restricts air flow which in turn means you won’t get as much cooling or heating into your room.
How do you and how often should you clean them?
Frequency: It can be a 30, 60 or 90-day schedule. When you first have your machine installed we advise homeowners to check every 30 days until you determine if you need to continue that frequency or can stretch it to 60 or even 90 days.
We suggest homeowners either set a reminder on their smartphone or put a reminder on the calendar.
How do I know if I should clean the filter more frequently or not?
When you remove the filters from the indoor unit, as Richard shows you in the video above, you’ll either find the layer of dirt and dust is quite thick (think like a clothes dryer) or there will be very little.
The more dirt there is when you check it every 30 days the greater the chance you should stick to that schedule.
How to Clean the Filters
The video above walks you through the process to follow, but it’s very simple
- Open the front cover of your indoor heat pump unit
- Pull out the mesh filters on either side (your heat pump should be off while doing this)
- Wipe off any dirt or dust with your hand and we suggest running it under cool water to completely clean off
- Pat dry with a paper towel to remove most of the water
- Reinstall in the indoor unit and turn on either heating, cooling or fan mode for a few minutes to complete drying off the filters.
Have any questions or need a more in-depth service or cleaning on your unit? Give our service department a call at (902) 461-0600