Fall is the time of year when we make a special point of reminding our customers to schedule professional maintenance to tune up and inspect their heating systems. Maintenance is an essential step to ensuring a heater works at its most effective and energy efficient throughout the winter, with few repair issues or interruptions in service.
Maintenance means a longer service life for a heater as well. All around, it’s one of the best services you can have for your heater. But what if you have a heat pump? You may have scheduled maintenance for it back in the spring. Isn’t that enough? Do you really need additional heat pump service in Franklin County in the fall?
The answer is an emphatic “we’re-going-to-bold-and-italicize-it” yes! Any heat pump needs to have maintenance twice during the year: first in spring, then in fall.
Heat Pumps Are Year-Round HVAC Units
The reason that heat pumps need maintenance visits twice a year is because they work as both heating and cooling systems. A heat pump replaces the need for an air conditioner and furnace and it takes over both those jobs. ACs and furnaces require annual maintenance before the period when they do the most work. It’s the same with heat pumps, but they work hard in both summer and winter, so they need to prep in the spring and fall.
The reason that people often think that heat pumps only need maintenance once is because they resemble air conditioners in most ways, so people think of their maintenance needs as being the same as air conditioners.
But heat pumps aren’t units that contain two separate types of comfort systems with different parts doing the jobs of heating and cooling. Heat pumps work in almost the exact same way with the same components whether they’re in heating mode or cooling mode.
Like an AC, a heat pump uses a compressor to place chemical refrigerant under high pressure and turn it into a hot gas so it will circulate through the system. As the refrigerant circulates, it draws heat from one set of coils and then releases it in the other set.
All that happens when a heat pump changes modes is that the direction the refrigerant moves switches so the roles of the two sets of coils also switch. In cooling mode, the indoor coil absorbs heat and releases it through the outdoor coil. In heating mode, the outdoor coil absorbs heat and the indoor coil releases it.
We’ll Take Care of Your Year-Round Heat Pump Needs
At JN Electrical Temperature Control, we’ve designed special maintenance programs to make it easy and more rewarding for our customers to have maintenance for their valuable HVAC equipment. Look over the three different tiers for our plans and then reach out to us.
We’ll get you signed up and then schedule your fall heat pump maintenance appointment. After that, you won’t have to worry about your heat pump’s maintenance needs—we’ll have you covered each year, twice a year!
JN Electrical Temperature Control, Inc works hard to ensure customer satisfaction with custom comfort solutions. Contact us today to schedule your fall heat pump maintenance.