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What You Need to Know About Heat Pump Tune-Ups

vent-low-on-wallIf you’ve been following our blog for very long, then you’ve likely heard at least a little bit about the importance of maintenance. Preventative maintenance is vital to making sure that your air conditioner and heating system stay in great shape. But it’s important to know that not all HVAC systems are created equal, and therefore have different maintenance tune-up needs.

For instance, if you’re using a heat pump to stay cool this summer, then you probably think you don’t need to have maintenance for it again until fall if you had the last session done last fall. But unlike standard central air conditioners and furnaces, heat pumps actually need maintenance tune-ups every 6 months instead of once per year. Read on to learn why!

Preventative Maintenance

The main purpose of preventative care for your air conditioner is to stay on top of any potential issues that could befall the system before these issues have the chance to have a sort of “domino effect” and create further damage to the heat pumps. Most heat pump problems aren’t immediately noticeable to the average homeowner, so maintenance gives our professionals a chance to catch problems early.

For the average homeowner, by the time they realize there’s a problem with their system and they call for repairs, a large majority of the damage might already be done. But if you schedule preventive maintenance on time, you’ll give our professionals the opportunity to locate and solve problems early enough that we can help you avoid the worst of the damage. This could mean thousands of dollars saved in repair costs…. in fact, preventive maintenance can reduce up to 85% of the repair costs ever needed for your heat pump throughout its lifetime.

Why Should You Have Bi-Annual Maintenance?

Normally, an air conditioner or heating system would only need a maintenance tune-up once a year, as we mentioned above. This is usually done the season before the system will be needed the most, to ensure that it’s in top operating condition. However, heat pumps are used as both air conditioning and heating systems all in one, and therefore require maintenance twice as often.

Heat pump systems are placed under a lot more strain than other system types, so it makes sense that they need more care. Be sure to call us to schedule your heat pump maintenance tune-up if it’s been more than six months since your last session!

The Other Benefits of Maintenance

We mentioned how maintenance helps prevent repairs, but that’s not the only benefit! It also helps your system retain up to 95% of its original efficiency rating (SEER- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and can help extend its useful service life as well. When a heat pump is well maintained, it can last 10-15 years, but without maintenance that can get cut in half.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today for professional heat pump maintenance

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