Is Your Heat Pump Ready For Winter

Dated: 11/03/2016

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It's been tempting to turn the heat on at night in the past week or so, hasn't it? Fall will soon drift into winter, and whether we want to or not, the switch will turn to heat eventually. Before you turn on your heat, we'd like to pass along some tips for preparing the mighty workhorse for winter. 

On a website called, Doug Priestley, supervisor for NORDYNE Technical Service Department gives some tips as to what you may want your service tech to check if you do some preventative maintenance on your heat pump before the temperatures fall. First order of business is to find out how the heat pump performed in the summer months. If there were any issues, be sure to update your technician. Secondly, before you turn on the heat, be sure to have the back-up heat and defrost on the unit tested for proper operation.

Further, Mr. Priestly recommends for your tech to service your indoor unit by taking the following steps: 

  1. Inspect the air filter. Depending on the condition of the filter, clean it or replace it with a new one.

  2. Inspect the electrical wires to ensure a tight connection exists. Loose connections can cause wires to overheat and burn up.

  3. Oil the blower motor or bearings if necessary. Inspect the blower wheel for balance and cleanliness.

  4. Inspect and clean the indoor coil and drain pan.Use a cleaner that's suitable for indoor coils.

  5. Flush and clean the drain line. Remember to prime the trap, if necessary.

  6. Turn on the auxiliary strip heat for inspection. If the unit uses electric heat, check all of the wiring for discoloration and heat damage. Replace all damaged wires.

  7. Check the amperage's of the electric elements. Verify the elements are staging on properly and shutting down properly.

  8. For dual-fuel applications, conduct the appropriate preventive maintenance for gas furnaces.

For the Outdoor unit, the following are recommended you have your tech check: 

  1. Inspect the condensing unit's base-pan drain holes and remove any debris.

  2. Check the unit's wiring connections and the wiring insulation. Repair any damage.

  3. Oil the condensing-fan motor, inspect the fan blade for any damage, and balance.

  4. Verify the outdoor temperature sensor(s) are in the proper location.

And lastly, don't forget your thermostat! The thermostat is an essential element of the heat pump system. Be sure to include it in your winter maintenance inspection. Verify all connections are tight on the sub-base of the thermostat and that the thermostat is level.

If you need to have a checkup on your heat pump, but need to find a good technician, we would be glad to share some of our contacts who have proven to be reliable! Give us a call at the office and we'll provide our list! You can reach our office at (423) 433-6517, or, just stop in our office located inside Keller Williams Realty at 1033 Hamilton Place in Johnson City. 

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Rayne Price

Holding a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Education, real estate was not Shields Team Buyer Specialist Rayne Price's first career choice. It was only after encouragement from his wife and a cl....

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