Summer is a great time for heat pump cleaning and maintenance. If your unit is used mostly for heating through the rest of the year, having it cleaned and maintained during its down time is easy and convenient.

Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your unit running efficiently. A well-maintained unit can last 15 to 20 years. If you neglect cleaning and maintenance your unit won’t last as long or work as efficiently, and could use up to 25 percent more energy than necessary.

Another reason to schedule annual cleaning and maintenance is to help prevent issues. A technician will recognize if any parts need replacing or if the system requires adjustment. Having that looked after during summer beats having your unit malfunction in the thick of winter.

If you use your unit for cooling, moisture and condensation could accumulate in the unit, causing mould to grow. One more reason to have it cleaned regularly.

What does heat pump cleaning and maintenance entail?

For your unit’s annual cleaning and maintenance, the technician will do the following:

  • Inspect ducts, filters, and indoor coil and clean or replace as necessary.
  • Seal duct leaks.
  • Ensure there is adequate airflow into the system.
  • Lubricate motors and ensure the belts are tight and in good condition.
  • Check for refrigerant leaks and measure if there is a correct refrigerant charge.
  • Inspect electric terminals. Clean and tighten the connections.
  • Verify the correct electric control.
  • Verify the correct thermostat operation.

In between your annual cleaning and maintenance, there are two things you can do on your own to keep your system running efficiently.

  • Clean or change your air filters every three months. Clogged filters block airflow, making your system work harder. Remember your system requires adequate airflow to and from the unit to operate efficiently. Filters can be cleaned with a vacuum.
  • The outdoor unit can collect dirt so should be cleaned, a task that’s easily done with your garden hose. As well, clip and mow around the outdoor unit. For proper air flow it needs to operate without obstructions.

Keeping your heat pump in good working order makes it more reliable and efficient. Two qualities you’ll appreciate when winter comes around.

How often should heat pumps be cleaned

Your heat pump should have a thorough cleaning annually. Filters should be cleaned every three months.  

What kind of maintenance does a heat pump need?

To keep your unit in good working order it should have an annual tune up, completed by a technician trained to perform required maintenance. A technician will inspect and clean the system, seal duct leakage, measure airflow, lubricate motors, check belts and more. A well-maintained heat pump can last up to 20 years.

Do heat pumps need to be professionally cleaned?

You should have a qualified contractor do annual maintenance on your unit to ensure everything is in good working order. Cleaning and maintenance require expert knowledge of the system parts and operation.

Can you clean your heat pump yourself?

You can clean or replace the air filters yourself. And, you can clean the exterior unit and keep it clear of debris. Deep cleaning and general maintenance should be completed by a trained professional.