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Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance Twice a Year


It’s almost the official first day of fall, and around here that means Maintenance Season! Our mascot, Moose, loves HVAC maintenance because it’s one of the ways we can best help our customers. Regular maintenance does so much good, such as…

  • …keeping your heater running at peak energy efficiency, saving you money!
  • …preventing the majority of repair problems.
  • …extending your heating system’s service life by several years.
  • …improving heater safety.
  • …keeping the warranty valid.

But what’s that you say? You have a heat pump, and you already had it maintained in spring? It’s good that you had spring maintenance, but we have important news: heat pumps need maintenance twice each year. We’ll explain why below.

Heat Pumps Put in Twice the Work

One of the best benefits of having a heat pump in the first place is that it works as both a heater and an air conditioner. You don’t need a separate AC and furnace: the heat pump takes over both jobs. But this means that your heat pump works twice as hard as an AC or furnace alone. We experience all four seasons here in Greenville, and you can expect to put plenty of “miles” on your heat pump during summer and winter. With double the amount of wear and tear, a heat pump needs double the maintenance.

Heat Pumps Work the Same Whether Heating or Cooling

It’s easy to mistake a heat pump for two separate heating and cooling systems combined in one—but that’s not how they work. Heat pumps work the same way as air conditioners, which is to transfer heat via refrigerant from one place to another. 

An AC can only work in one direction, moving heat from indoors to outdoors. A heat pump can switch direction so it can also move heat from outdoors to indoors. It uses all the same components in either mode, so all the wear and tear a heat pump accumulates during a summer of work will transfer over to the winter. You don’t want a heat pump that’s already gone through a heavy summer of use to move straight into winter without a good tune-up, cleaning, and inspection.

You’re Still Scheduling the Same Amount of Maintenance

None of this means that maintaining a heat pump is more costly. If you didn’t have a heat pump, you’d have an AC and furnace, and each needs annual maintenance. You’re still scheduling bi-annual maintenance for your HVAC system, but the maintenance is only for one unit. 

Get the Most From Your Heat Pump

Moose and all of us at Carolina Climate Control really love what heat pumps can do for our customers, and so we want them to get the best from their systems. Maintenance is the easiest way to ensure you have a heat pump that works in top conditions and that you’ll rarely need to call us for heat pump repair in Greenville, SC. If that means we miss out on some business from you because you won’t need to call us for emergency repairs, we’re completely happy with that.

Rely on Carolina Climate Control for heat pump maintenance and your heat pump needs during the year. The Moose Is Loose in Your Neighborhood!

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