Heat pumps are efficient wonders. They heat and cool your home and aren't given much thought until something goes wrong. One way to help improve the efficiency and longevity of the heat pump is a regular cleaning schedule. A heat pump that is cleaned in the spring and fall will save you money on your utility bills, provide year-round comfort, and last for years to come.

Safety First

Before you begin the process of cleaning your heat pump coils, you will want to think about safety. Turn the heat pump off at the thermostat, and disconnect the power to your heat pump by shutting off the main breaker. Additionally, if there is a breaker box located beside your heat pump, you will need to shut those breakers off as well. Finally, put on a pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes.

Remove Debris

One of the main causes for heat pump failure is a dirty unit. Walk around the unit and inspect it. Are there grass clippings in the fins of your heat pump? What about twigs or dry leaves? If there are twigs or vines in the heat pump, gently remove them.

Cleaning the Coils

There are many wonderful products available that will help make your clean up a breeze. The application process involves spraying the solution on your heat pump and allowing it to sit for a few minutes, followed by a thorough rinse from your garden hose.

Saturate the unit with the cleaning solution. Never skimp on this part! It should take about one full bottle of cleaner to clean a heat pump. Spray the solution on, wait two minutes, and then spray again to ensure enough solution is used. Allow the solution to sit for 10–15 minutes. (Start timing once you apply the second layer of cleaner.)

Then, using a garden hose rinse the cleaning solution from the heat pump. The system should be flushed with clean water until it runs clean (approximately 5–10 minutes.) 

Cleaning your heat pump on a regular schedule can help keep down maintenance costs and provide you with comfort all year. In addition to cleaning your heat pump coils, your filters should be changed monthly and you should have your heat pump inspected by a professional like Hayes Heating & Cooling at least once a year. These three things can help your heat pump run efficiently for years to come.