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Keep Your Heat Pump Going

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. If your home is equipped with a heat pump, use the maintenance tips below to help keep your system running smoothly

Heat Pump Maintenance


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™.

Homeowner DIY maintenance

Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your heat pump and save on energy use.

  • 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.

    Dealer Maintenance

    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 non-conductive 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.