Keep Your Heat Pump Working This Winter

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Chances are if you’ve recently replaced your heating system you may have installed a heat pump. Heat pumps are growing in popularity with energy conscious consumers in Northern Virginia area. However, there are a few things you should know about your heat pump to protect it from damage during the winter season.

With the arrival of winter and the temperatures dropping, the potential for snow and ice accumulation is great. If you have had a heat pump installed, or you own a heat pump, there are measures you should take prior to the cold season and during a snowfall that will protect your heat pump from damage and to keep it working properly.

What you need to know about your heat pump:

  1. When it’s snowing, be sure to clear away the snow from all sides of your heat pump. Clearing the snow 2-3 feet around your heat pump is necessary because the heat pump heating system is designed to draw air from all sides of the outside unit. Having all sides clear of snow allows the air to freely reach the heat pump. This will alleviate strain on the heat pump and your heat pump will operate efficiently.
  2. If you are unable to keep your heat pump cleared of snow you may be better off to go to the thermostat and turn on the emergency heat—which will lock out the heat pump and operate the inside air handler as an electric furnace.
  3. Remember to have your heat pump serviced by a qualified heat pump service contractor before the cold season arrives. If you’ve forgotten to have your heat pump serviced take your next opportunity and schedule a maintenance inspection/tune-up. Preventive maintenance on your heat pump system will give you the peace of mind it will be ready to handle the extreme cold temperatures.

So when you reach for the shovel to clear the walkway, be sure to clear a path to the heat pump. Use a brush or broom to clear snow off of your heat pump and shovel around the sides. If you notice accumulation of snow or ice build up on the outside fan blade, it’s best to throw the heat pump into emergency heat mode at the thermostat.

My heat pump stopped working?

If your heat pump stops working, go to the thermostat and place it in “emergency heat.” By doing so, it will turn off the heat pump and switch to the electric mode. This emergency heat mode is another benefit of owning a heat pump.

Looking for a heating contractor who specializes in servicing heat pumps? Contact M.E. Flow a for a service call with a qualified heat pump service technician. We service all of Northern Virginia and portions of West Virginia with heating, cooling and plumbing services. With office locations in Alexandria, Leesburg, and Winchester, M.E. Flow is just a 15 minutes from Ashburn, 20 minutes from Annandale, and 14 minutes from Stephen City, VA. If you’re having problems with your heat pump, call today and schedule a service call on your heat pump. You can trust us to repair and keep your heat pump working.

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