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Don’t Forget About Your Heat Pump Tune-Up

technician-condenser-unitIt is going to be a while before those of us here in Iowa are running our air conditioners with any regularity. It may be spring time, but our temperatures are still pretty chilly right now. That being said, if you use a heat pump, now is definitely a great time to start thinking about what it needs to make the transition in the summer season successfully.

Unlike a central air conditioner or a furnace, a heat pump really does not have much in the way of downtime throughout the year. Such is the price of both heating and cooling one’s home with one single system. Because of the heavy workload that heat pumps are tasked with, scheduling maintenance twice a year is a must. Be sure to let us handle your heat pump maintenance services in Des Moines, IA.

Why Is Biannual Heat Pump Maintenance Necessary?

You schedule heating maintenance once a year, right? If not, you should! You should also schedule routine air conditioning maintenance once a year if you use a designated AC system. If this equipment is not properly and thoroughly tuned up annually, there is no way in which homeowners can hope for their heaters or air conditioners to operate as efficiently or reliably as possible. With a heat pump, which is working year round, the wear and tear is more or less doubled. It may be a single system, but maintenance for both the heating and cooling seasons is still necessary.

What Does Maintenance Mean?

No, it is not enough to simply change your air filter as needed and to keep your outdoor unit clear of snow and other debris. These are certainly maintenance tasks that you can — and should — handle for yourself as appropriate. True heat pump maintenance is a much more involved, complex process, and one that demands the skill and expertise of a trained professional.

What Does Maintenance Entail?

More than you probably imagine! A full heat pump maintenance service will include, but is not limited to, the following.

  • Cleaning system thoroughly, both indoor and outdoor units.
  • Checking all electrical connections and wiring.
  • Checking refrigerant levels.
  • Lubricating moving parts.
  • Tightening mounts and mechanical components as needed.
  • Testing thermostat.
  • Checking operating temperatures .
  • Checking reversing valve for proper operation.
  • Visually checking air ducts.

What Are the Benefits of Routine Heat Pump Maintenance?

Routine heat pump maintenance is going to ensure that you are able to depend upon your system, and that it will continue to work efficiently and effectively. It can also help you to extend the life of your equipment. By taking advantage of our maintenance program, you enjoy added benefits.

You’ll get up to a 47 point inspection/tune-up. You’ll get up to 25% off of repairs, and 10% off of new equipment purchases. Overnight guarantees, 24-hour response times, no premium charges, and a full maintenance report — this is all yours when you enroll in our maintenance program. Invest in your comfort by investing in routine heat pump maintenance.

Contact Schaal Heating and Cooling for your HVAC service needs.


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