Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps on Vancouver Island, BC

Your home is a more comfortable place to be when the temperature is consistent throughout, and a heat pump can play an important role in making that possible. Archie Johnstone Heating & Plumbing installs and services heat pumps in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas, and we are proud to be the company you call whenever you need heat pump maintenance or repairs.

What is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

A residential heat pump does a lot more than simply heating your Vancouver Island home. Heat pumps can provide year-round climate control for your home by heating in the winter and cooling & dehumidifying during the summer. This is done by extracting heat from one place and transferring it to another by circulating refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation & condensation.

The process begins with a compressor pumping the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils. In one of the coils, the refrigerant is evaporated at a low pressure and absorbs the heat from its surroundings. The refrigerant is then compressed as it travels to the other coil, where it condenses at a high pressure. When this occurs, the heat absorbed earlier in the cycle is then released to heat your home. During the winter, your residential heat pump system will absorb heat from the ground & air outside and use it to heat your Vancouver Island home. This process is reversed during the summer in that the heat is absorbed in your home and released outside.

Heat Pump Service in Nanaimo, Victoria, & Throughout Vancouver Island, BC

As with any other heating & cooling system, residential heat pumps require regular maintenance in order to operate efficiently. Filters should be cleaned at least once a month or as needed and the system should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Outside coils should also be cleaned regularly. Dirty filters and coils reduce the airflow, decreasing system performance and potentially damaging the system’s compressor.

Your heat pump should also be serviced by a professional at least once every year. The technicians at Archie Johnstone Heating & Plumbing can complete theses yearly services. We can inspect ducts, filters, blowers and coils for dirt or other obstructions, and complete an entire, thorough maintenance check to ensure everything is working properly.

Our technicians are well versed in installation, service and repair on all types of heat pumps in Victoria, BC and the surrounding areas—geothermal, gas and electric. Regardless of which type of system you have or which you’re upgrading to, we can quickly and effectively complete the work. To talk with a technician about choosing an energy efficient heat pump for your home or to arrange a service appointment, please call us.


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