As a homeowner, you’ll realize that calling a professional for every little thing can get expensive fast. Sure, there’s an app for handymen and contractors but there are a few things you can handle yourself if you don’t want to invest time or money in searching through countless “professionals” near you for things like ductless heat pump maintenance.
While your home’s heating is certainly complex enough to have a trained technician perform the installation, general maintenance is something you can certainly handle. Here are a few simple DIY ductless heat pump maintenance tips you can use to keep costs in check and get the most out of your system.
Ice Isn’t Nice: DIY Ductless Heat Pump Maintenance
Just like you wouldn’t drive with a build-up of ice on your vehicle, ice on your outdoor unit isn’t good. Take a look outdoors to inspect the unit. If there is no ice on the exterior, that’s a good sign. However, should you remove the cover to closely look at the heat exchanger coil beneath, we recommend the unit be turned off first. This is for your safety. If you see ice, do not try to chip it away. This is hazardous to you and can damage your unit. Instead, try flushing the area with cool or room temperature water. Do not use hot water. If ice build-up is a persistent issue for you, please consult a professional to take a closer look. Occasional ice build-up isn’t unusual.
Fresh Air And A Clear Path: DIY Ductless Heat Pump Maintenance
These are easy. Keep surrounding shrubs, plants, bushes, etc. away from your outdoor unit. This helps prevent anything from obstructing the airflow. A clear path is always a good idea and can help you get the most out of your heat pump.
While we’re talking about airflow, check the air filters regularly. These can be easy to forget about but make a big difference. The cleaner the filter, the better your home’s indoor air quality will be. Most importantly, regularly cleaning the filters can help the overall efficiency of your heat pump. The best way to think about it is that heat pumps need air just like you do. Air filters help make that possible. Clogged filters obstruct that airflow. Be sure to remove and clean them every couple of months.
When DIY Ductless Heat Maintenance Isn’t Enough, Call Boiler Mart
So, you’ve tried the basics and are still experiencing trouble with your heat pump. Rather than continue to troubleshoot the problem, just give us a call. We can walk you through basic tips and dispatch a trained technician if necessary. Our team has been here to help for more than 30 years now, so we’ve seen it all. Call 416-477-4812 to get the help you need. We’d be more than happy to help.