How To Keep Your Heat Pump Properly Maintained

11 October 2015
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At this time of year, many pool owners are becoming more reliant on their heat pump to extend the swimming season and keep pool water at a comfortable temperature. 

Being able to heat your pool water offers convenience and luxury. However, it can also use up a lot of energy and cause high utility bills.

Properly maintaining your heat pump goes a long way when it comes to saving money and maximizing the effectiveness of your heat pump. The following five tips will keep your heat pump in the best possible condition:

Make sure there are no obstructions to airflow

If your heat pump's sides and top are blocked by obstructions, there will not be enough air flowing into the unit. This will prevent the heat pump from heating effectively and will cause the heat pump to consume more energy to heat your pool water.

It could be difficult to keep your heat pump free of airflow obstructions if you have a lot of vegetation growing around your pool. Check your heat pump regularly for debris and clean it off right away to facilitate airflow. 

Keep obstructions out of drains

If your heat pump's condensate drains become clogged with dirt or weeds, water could become backed up in the unit and cause malfunctions. Again, keeping vegetation away from your pool will make it easier to avoid obstructions like leaves and twigs in the condensate drain. 

Protect your heat pump from rain water run-off

If rain water run-off is allowed to pour right into your heat pump, it could be forceful enough to cause internal damage to your unit. While your heat pump is designed to stand up to rainfall, a heavy stream of water might cause malfunctions. 

Prevent corrosion through regular use

If a heat pump goes unused for an extended period of time, it will be likely to develop corrosion that could lead to mechanical malfunctions, lower water quality, and create buildup that can clog drains. Ideally, you'll want to be periodically running your heat pump to stop water from stagnating and causing corrosion in metal components of your unit. 

Don't try to work on internal components yourself

It's not a good idea to try to perform any maintenance task that involves manipulating an interior part of your heat pump yourself. Even if you're simply trying to remove buildup on the interior or carry out a simple adjustment, accessing internal components yourself could cause you to void your warranty when you need servicing and repair services. Contact a company like All-American Pools for more information.