Extreme temperature fluctuations
Hot one day – cold the next! Extreme temperature fluctuations can take a toll on your heat pump. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, your heat pump is challenged to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. As the temperature outside drops, your heat pump runs more frequently and for longer periods of time. This will trigger the emergency back up electric coils to turn on. Likewise, very hot temperatures can be rough on your system. While heat pumps reduce humidity better than traditional air conditioners, the hotter the weather – the harder they work.
Jumping back and forth between extreme temperature fluctuations means your heat pump is getting a hefty workout. You can’t control nature, but you can make sure your heat pump is tuned-up to help it get through major temperature shifts.
What is a heat pump tune-up? Like a tune-up for your car, your heat pump tune-up checks for potential problems and maintains various components to minimize wear and tear. Here are just a few of services included in our heat pump tune-up:
- Inspect and clean all electrical components and connections
- Test and recalibrate thermostat
- Check refrigerant levels – low levels indicate a leak and puts your system at greater risk for a breakdown
- Check ducts for signs of leaks that can reduce the efficiency of your system
- Clean and inspect coils – evaporator and condensing
- Clean and inspect fans
- Inspect, tighten and test all electrical connections
- Test system starting and running capacitors
- Lubricate motors, check belts for wear and adjust belt tension
With extreme temperature fluctuations, cooling and heating systems are running longer and working harder. Keeping your heat pump tuned-up minimizes the effects of the temperature roller coaster that is life here in South Carolina! Give us a call here at LHT Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration, Inc., to schedule your Fall maintenance!