Here’s some useful tips for Heat Pumps in the Winter time!
1. Keep the thermostat at a steady temperature.
2. If you want to raise the temperature, do it a couple of degrees at a time – if you increase it too fast, It can cause your heat pump to freeze up.
3. Use a programmable thermostat made specifically for heat pumps.
4. Don’t be alarmed by steam or frost on your outside heat pump. It’s normal heat pump action in the winter.
5. Heat pumps are not meant for extreme weather. The auxiliary heat will help at this point but it will not heat like a gas furnace.
6. Make sure to change your filter every 3 months. A dirty filter can cause numerous issues.
7. If the unit is covered in ice or snow, it must be removed in order to work properly. Turn the thermostat to Emergency heat or the off position and remove the snow and ice. You can pour warm water over the unit to melt the snow and ice. Even cold water from a hose will help, but do not use hot water.
8. Do not use any sharp objects to pick or knock the ice off the coils of the heat pump. This could cause severe damage and personal injury.
9. Once the unit is clear of snow and ice turn the thermostat back to normal heating. If the unit ices up again, call for service.
10. Do not let the outdoor unit sit underneath a leaking gutter. In the winter months, water will drip on the top of the unit and freeze solid. This will restrict the air flow and cause the whole unit to freeze-up.
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