Heat Pump Maintenance

Keep your unit running smoothly year after year

Understanding your heat pump

Heat pumps offer an efficient way to heat and cool your home. In the summer, a heat pump will remove the heat and humidity from inside your home and transfer it outdoors. In the winter, the process is reverse. A heat pump doesn’t generate much heat, it transfers heat from one place to another. If your home is equipped with a heat pump, use the maintenance tips below to help keep your system running smoothly.

  • During the heating season, don’t set the thermostat below 65 degrees.
  • In the cooling season, don’t set the thermostat below 70 degrees.
  • Check the heat pump for snow or ice build up during the winter.
  • Heat pumps should be elevated 4 to 8 inches above the ground to allow for proper drainage.
  • Clean or change your filters once a month, or as needed.
  • Clean outdoor coils whenever they appear dirty.
  • Remove foliage from around the outdoor unit and keep shrubs at least 18 inches away from the heat pump on all sides.
  • Don’t cover your heat pump to try to protect it from outdoor elements, the units are designed for outdoor use.
Disclaimer: The following information is for educational purposes only. Tampering with your system may void your warranty. If you have any questions about your system, call a Trane Comfort Specialist™.

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If this is an emergency, then please contact local Trane Comfort Specialist™ for assistance regarding your heat pump.

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Have a Trane Comfort Specialist™ perform heat pump preventative maintenance at least once a year. Your comfort specialist will follow a heat pump maintenance checklist and inspect the following:

  • Ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions.
  • Duct leakage.
  • Adequate airflow.
  • Correct refrigerant charge.
  • Refrigerant leaks.
  • Electric terminals, and, if necessary, clean and tighten connections, and apply nonconductive coating.
  • Lubricate motors, and inspect belts for tightness and wear.
  • Correct electric control, making sure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa.
  • Correct thermostat operation.
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