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Prepping Your Heat Pump For the Switch


Heat pumps in Columbia, SC are fantastic home comfort systems. Not only are they efficient with their energy use, quiet during operation, and able to offer custom control over your comfort, but they can also provide temperature-controlled air all year long. This is because a heat pump can offer both heating and cooling power to your home.

While this switch from heating mode to cooling mode can be as easy as switching the mode on the thermostat, things may not always be this simple. We want to make sure you can enjoy the comfort you deserve, so we want to give you some quick tips that will help you make sure your heat pump is fully ready to go come cooling season.

5 Ways to Prep Your Heat Pump For Summer

There are some key steps you can take to help ensure that your heat pump is in great working order for summertime.

  1. Clean the filter. This is one of the easiest things to do for your heat pump. If your filter is full of dust and dirt, it will hinder your heat pump’s ability to do its job. Check on the filter to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. If you aren’t sure how to do that, or whether you have a reusable filter or not, you should contact an expert to help.
  2. Have the reversing valve checked. The reversing valve is responsible for getting your heat pump to switch the flow of refrigerant. If your reversing valve is stuck or broken, your heat pump will just keep heating the home when you actually want it to cool things down. Have a professional check this vital part.
  3. Make sure the condensate drain is clear. Your heat pump does produce its fair share of condensation throughout the course of the year. If the condensate drain that removes this condensation becomes clogged with muck, you will have a problem on your hands. Call a pro to check the condensate drain and make sure it is clean and clear.
  4. Check for refrigerant leaks. Your heat pump uses refrigerant to transfer heat, allowing it to pull it out of your home or pump it into your home. But if you have a refrigerant leak, your heat pump won’t be much more than an expensive fan. Contact a trained professional for refrigerant leak repairs and a refrigerant recharge.
  5. Schedule maintenance. While you can contact a pro for any of these checks individually, if you schedule a maintenance appointment for your heat pump, a professional technician will perform all of these checks and more to make sure your heat pump is in top shape for the summer.

Whatever service you need for your heat pump, you can rely on the team at Fulmer Heating & Cooling to help. We have the experience necessary to fix any issue, and a staff that’s dedicated to getting the job done right the first time, every time.

Fulmer Heating & Cooling has been in business for over 31 years. Discover how we help keep Columbia cool by contacting us.

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