Transitioning a Heat Pump from Cool to Hot
As cooler Colorado temperatures approach, you will need to transition your heat pump from a cooling source to a source heat. It is time to schedule maintenance before temperatures drop and you need the heating system to function properly.
Here are things that you can do at home:
- Replace the air filter.
- Remove any growth from a two to three foot area around the outdoor section of your heat pump.
- Clean out the coils before cold weather makes this difficult.
- Check your thermostat settings and adjust for cold weather.
- Flush and clean the drain line. Remember to prime the trap, if necessary.
- If your unit uses electric heat, check all of the wiring for discoloration and heat damage.
Here are things for a professional HVAC technician:
- Have the refrigerant checked to ensure there is a safe level. Refrigerant levels need to remain consistent, even in the cold weather.
- Electrical connections will be inspected to check for exposed wiring or loose connections.
- Blower motor should be oiled. Blower wheels should be inspected for balance.
- A professional will check the energy efficiency of your unit. If any problems are present, they should be repaired before operating the heating system.
- Check and clean the evaporator coils.
Transitioning your heat pump to heat for fall and winter by performing the necessary maintenance tasks will minimize the risk of a breakdown, improve indoor air quality, and extend the life of your system components.
If you are in Fort Collins, Loveland or Windsor or any of the surrounding communities please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you have regarding your HVAC system or air conditioning. We have 24/7 emergency service available. Check out our service area page, if you don’t see your city listed please call the office for more information.