Heat Pump Maintenance Guide


Here’s everything you need to know about how to keep your heat pump running at peak capacity


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At a glance: 

  • Heat pumps are easy and inexpensive to maintain
  • There are 4 things you need to do in order to keep your heat pump working safely and also to keep it eligible for manufacturer warranty
  • Make sure you work with a top-rated and licensed contractor to install and perform service and repairs when necessary 

Heat pumps represent a remarkable advancement in technology, offering efficient heating and cooling for homes. However, to ensure they continue operating at peak efficiency, proper maintenance is essential. The good news is that maintenance doesn't have to be costly or complex. In this guide, we'll outline four key maintenance tasks tailored specifically to heat pumps, empowering you to keep your system running smoothly for years to come. 

The 4 Key Steps of Heat Pump Maintenance

1. Keep Heat Pump Air Filters Clean:

Dirty filters can increase costs and shorten your heat pump's life. Check your air filter monthly and clean it if it's dirty. This ensures good indoor air quality and efficient operation.

2. Ensure Your Heat Pump Has Unobstructed Airflow:

Don't block vents with furniture or other items, as it reduces efficiency and lifespan. Regularly remove any debris or vegetation around your heat pump to maintain optimal airflow and prevent blockages.

3. Check Condensate Drain:

Confirm that water trickles from the indoor coil's condensate drain during cooling. Ensure it's not clogged to prevent drainage issues, especially in dry climates. Once a year, clean the condensate pan, trap, and drain lines to prevent clogs and water damage. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to do this more often.

4. Look for any Issues: 

Make sure your heat pump is in good working order by doing an annual inspection of your system. Check for the following: 

  • Inspect Evaporator Coil: Annually inspect the evaporator coil for dust, dirt, or debris buildup. Clean it as needed to maintain efficiency.
  • Check Cabinet and Electrical Components: Inspect the cabinet for damage and the electrical components for any loose or broken wires. 
  • Inspect Motor, Fan, and Blower Assembly: Annually inspect the motor, fan, and blower assembly for damage. Ensure the fan spins freely and clean the blower assembly for optimal airflow.
  • Inspect Cabinet and Ductwork: Check both the external parts of the cabinet for cleanliness annually. Inspect the ductwork for leaks and repair as needed to maintain airflow efficiency.

Professional Heat Pump Maintenance Services

If you see any issues or potential issues, work with a top rated, licensed HVAC Contractor on fixing or replacing the damaged parts. On average, homeowners can expect to pay upwards of $300 for a simple maintenance visit, and thousands more if a repair is required. When you buy your heat pump from Tetra, all service, maintenance, and repair visits and costs are fully covered. No worrying about surprise costs or fees for the life of your system. Just a high quality heat pump, guaranteed to last.

By following this easy maintenance guide, you can keep your heat pump running smoothly and efficiently all year round, ensuring comfort and energy savings for your home. If you’re still deciding about a heat pump, read our blog post on the most commonly asked questions we get about heat pumps. If you’re ready to upgrade to a heat pump, schedule a call with our expert team. We’ll get you a personalized quote in minutes, and answer any questions you may have about upgrading to a heat pump. 

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How much does heat pump maintenance cost?

The cost of heat pump maintenance can vary depending on factors such as the service provider, the type of heat pump system, and any necessary repairs or replacements. On average, contractors charge $100 to $300 for a professional maintenance service. However, prices may fluctuate based on geographic location and additional services required. This tune up or maintenance visit would cover such tasks such as cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, lubricating moving parts, and inspecting electrical connections. Repair visits typically cost more and range from $500-$2000+. When you buy your heat pump from Tetra, all service, maintenance, and repair visits and costs are fully covered. No worrying about surprise costs or fees for the life of your system.

What is DIY heat pump maintenance?

DIY heat pump maintenance refers to the tasks that homeowners can perform themselves to keep their heat pump systems in good working condition. This may include cleaning or replacing air filters, clearing debris from outdoor units, inspecting ductwork for leaks, and ensuring proper airflow around the indoor and outdoor units. These maintenance tasks can be safely completed by homeowners, however it's essential to closely follow manufacturer guidelines and take required safety precautions.

How much is routine heat pump maintenance?

Routine heat pump maintenance costs can be done by the homeowner and are typically inexpensive. Servicing or tune up needs can vary by system type and  can vary based on services but a typical contractor will charge $100 to $350 to do a service or maintenance visit. 

Do heat pumps require annual maintenance?

Yes, heat pumps do require routine maintenance to keep them operating efficiently and to prevent potential problems. Routine maintenance can be done by most homeowners and includes cleaning air filters and ensuring that nothing obstructs airflow. Routine maintenance helps extend the lifespan of the system, improve energy efficiency, and minimize the risk of costly repairs. Additionally, regular servicing by a professional HVAC technician is required at least once every three years, and potentially sooner depending on the type and age of your system and the climate. 

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