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The Scary Consequences of Skipping Heat Pump Maintenance

It is the time of year when you hear a lot of professionals talking about the necessity of your heat pump tune-up. But maybe after a few years of getting your system tuned up biannually, you are starting to wonder if it is really worth the money and time. Maybe you can skip the fall tune-up this year.

The truth is that you can skip your maintenance service this fall but we’d strongly advise that you don’t. While your heat pump isn’t guaranteed to break down the instant you decide to skip your tune-up, it will be at an increased risk of developing problems the longer it goes without maintenance.

So, what’s is the consequence of skipping your biannual service for your heat pump? Let’s look at what could happen without this professional service.

The Main Issues That Maintenance Prevents

So why should you keep up the tradition of getting your heat pump maintained twice a year? Because it prevents the following problems:

  • A drop in system efficiency: When you skip your maintenance service, your heat pump stands to lose a certain amount of its energy efficiency. This will translate to higher energy bills but not to improved comfort. In fact, it will lead to the exact opposite. In contrast, keeping up with maintenance prevents up to a 5% loss in efficiency which is a pretty big difference.
  • Reduced effectiveness: Skipping maintenance can actually reduce the effectiveness of your heat pump too. This is because any variety of small issues is going to go unaddressed and will have a chance to worsen and negatively impact your heat pump system.
  • Increased repair needs and costs: Choosing not to get the usual tune-up done for your heat pump can also increase the chances that it will develop a repair need. That dirt build-up isn’t going anywhere and will only get worse turning that dirty evaporator coil into a frozen one. What’s more, repair costs are likely to increase too since the severity of the problem is going to get worse. Maintenance does have the ability to prevent up to 85% of the repair needs a system might encounter over the course of its lifespan.
  • Reduced lifespan: Without maintenance, you may be able to get a good 10 years from your heat pump before reduced efficiency and reduced operation make it more cost-effective to replace it. On the other hand, keeping up with maintenance can extend your system lifespan up to 15 years or more.

As you can see, maintenance makes a big difference for your heat pump mini split and, by default, for your home comfort too. Why skip it when it can only benefit you?

When you need help with your heat pump, it pays to reach out to a professional. Whether you need maintenance to prepare for using your heat pump for heat or air conditioning in Isle of Palms, SC, you can come to our team to get the maintenance, repairs, and other services you need.

We provide solutions for every season. Schedule your tune-up with Holy City Heating & Air today.

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