Air Source Heat Pump Maintenance, Servicing and Repair
Air Source Heat Pump Mantenance
Air source heat pumps use well-established technology, and you should expect a working life, and for it to remain efficient for 20 - 30 years, certainly longer than a boiler.
The good thing about air source heat pumps is that they don’t need a huge amount of user maintenance. Every unit will be different, of course, but Blueflame will advise what the manufacturer's exact unit requirements are in regards to annual or seasonal maintenance.
The main thing is to be sure that there’s a plentiful supply of air. This means regularly checking for leaves or rubbish caught in the fans grille. also pruning back any plants growing too close to the unit or its pipework. In very cold weather, you'll need to make sure you clear snow from the air source heat pump and check that the grilles aren’t blocked by ice. We have elaborated more on our air source heat pump maintenance checklist below ...
Air Source Heat Pump Maintenance Checklist
To get the most out of your air source heat pump investment we recommend carrying out the following each points below.
Frequent maintenance (such as getting rid of bacteria and odours by unclogging filters, fan blades and coils) reduces the chance of breakdown or need of repair. It also importantly helps maintain energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption (and your carbon footprint), lowers ongoing operating costs and enable your heat pump to last longer.
While air source heat pumps can vary in shape and size (such as manufacturer style, technical capability, mounting location etc,) there are very few differences when it comes to maintaining them. Below we’ve listed a some easy but effective techniques to help you look after your air source heat pump.
Importantly remember - before you do anything - ensure you turn off the heat pump – so as to avoid any electrical faults or safety issues.
1. Keep your air source heat pump clean
2. Remove any obstructions from your air source heat pump
3. Inspect your air source heat pump regularly
4. Test the controls of your air source heat pump
5. Get your air source heat pump serviced
Air Source Heat Pump Servicing and Repair
Air Source Heat Pump Servicing and Repair
Just like a boiler, you should get your air source heat pump professionally serviced annually by Blueflame, not only to guarantee the performance of your system and prolong its lifetime which will save you money - but to keep manufacturers warrantees valid as they are only upheld if your air source heat pump is serviced on an annual basis by a qualified engineer. It is also an RHI regulation that your system is regularly serviced throughout the 7 years of the Renewable Heat Incentive payback.
In a hybrid system, your gas, oil or LPG boiler will need annual servicing as usual, as part of this process the engineer will check the boiler pressure and you may need to bleed the radiators every couple of years (if you have them) - but certainly nothing different than would usually be advised.
Ideally before the winter (or summer if used for cooling) is the time to have your air source heat pump serviced by Blueflame. Our air source heat pump engineers will conduct a more advanced audit of the components and identify issues that could degrade the heat pump’s performance, which a user would not necessarily spot or be able to diagnose. These checks will comprise of the following:
Check ducts for leakage and repair if necessary
Inspect filters, ducts, blower and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions
Measure airflow is correct
Check refrigerant levels and pressure
Check all electrical contacts and ensure they are protected from the elements
Check for system leaks
Check reverse heating / cooling controls and verify they are operating as required
Lubricate moving belts, motors and check for damage / wear and tear
Check and test thermostat under normal operating conditions.
For the most part and unlike other renewable energy technologies, such as solar PV and wind turbines which use costly inverters, heat pumps do not generally require the replacement of expensive parts during their lifetime.
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