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How to Prepare Your Heat Pump for a Nanaimo & Victoria Winter

Winters aren’t too brutal in our part of the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s warm and balmy all winter either. If you do a bit of fall maintenance on your heat pump, you’ll prevent the big headaches and even bigger energy bills that can hit you when that cold weather comes.


Easy Preventive Maintenance

Heat pumps in Victoria and all around Vancouver Island get a pretty good workout from November to March. With these easy steps, you can make sure yours is up for the exercise.

  • Clear away any dead leaves, tall grass and other vegetation so there’s a debris-free zone around the unit.
  • Replace the unit’s air filter. You can do this as often as once a month. If you don’t know how, call a service technician to do it.
  • Disconnect the unit from its power source and use your garden hose to clean the coils.


Heat Pump Services AJPH Can Help You With
We recommend that you call a Nanaimo or Victoria heating contractor for more in-depth preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Here are some of the things he or she will do to make sure your heat pump lasts a long time:

  • Check the refrigerant
  • Verify performance and maintain the motor
  • Do safety checks on the wiring, circuit board and capacitor
  • Thoroughly clean the evaporator coils, drain pan and condensate drain line


Troubleshooting
When you fire up your heat pump on the first chilly day of the season, you might find that things aren’t quite working properly. Here are some of the problems that can arise with a malfunctioning heat pump:

  • Poor airflow. Check if it’s just one register that isn’t putting out warm air or all of them. Is there a blocked duct, or is the problem originating with the unit?
  • Temperature control issues. Check the thermostat and make sure it’s working properly.
  • Grinding, squeaking or rattling. Check for any visible loose screws and bolts on the exterior housing and tighten them. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, you’ll need to call a service technician who can adjust the fan, belt or bearings.
  • Not working at all. Before doing anything else, check that the unit hasn’t tripped a breaker in your electric panel. Then try resetting the motor. Still not working? Call a service technician to track down the source of the problem.


Scheduling Maintenance
A well-maintained heat pump can easily last up to 30 years. Contact us at Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating today to schedule a fall checkup for your heat pump. We’ll help you make sure it does the job right for as long as possible.

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