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DIY Heat Pump Maintenance

by VitalStorm Content on March 15, 2018

Maintaining your heat pump is essential for it to continue operating efficiently and performing without any problems. It is always best to have a licensed HVAC technician examine and service your heat pump at least once per year, but in the mean time there are some DIY maintenance tricks you can use to keep your heating pump in top shape throughout the winter months.

We are always happy to perform annual routine maintenance on our customers’ heat pumps at Blue Flame Heating & Air Conditioning, but we are also happy to share some methods you can use to maintain your heat pump yourself. Here are some DIY heat pump maintenance tips and tricks from our team of trained professionals.

  1. Indoor Checkup

Start with your air handler and check to see if your heat pump is operating correctly. First, shut off the power to your unit temporarily. Use a meter to verify that the power is cut off completely and it will not be dangerous for you to touch it. Then take a look at all of the electrical connections to ensure they are nice and tight. Tighten them if needed. Look at the wheel in your blower and be sure it is clean. If you see anything out of the ordinary within your unit, make a mental note to talk to a trusted HVAC technician about it.

  1. Outdoor Checkup

Follow the same steps from your indoor checkup: power off the unit, check the electrical connections. Look for signs of wear and tear as a result of excessive heat on the connection points. If you see anything that looks wrong, call a technician for professional help.

  1. Protection from the Elements

Clear away leaves, twigs, snow, and ice from the surfaces and surrounding area of your unit. Regularly check for build up of snow and ice, especially after bouts of heavy snow or bad weather. If ice is stuck to the surfaces, turn your thermostat off and use warmer water to melt the ice away. A bowl of warm water from your kitchen or even water straight from your hose should do the trick. Remember when protecting your heat pump from excess snow and ice, that includes the gutters positioned directly above it on the roof of your home. If water drips or icicles fall from build up on your gutter onto your HVAC unit, it can then freeze solid on your unit and restrict its air flow.

  1. Elevation Levels

Pay attention to elevation. The coils inside your heat pump have to be kept clear of snow, ice and drainage. Elevate your heat pump 4 to 8 inches from the ground to allow enough room for drainage and keep the coils inside safe.


If your heat pump is due for an annual check up, or you notice any problem areas when performing your own DIY maintenance, we are here to help. At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.