We talk a lot about air filters on this blog, but we want to be abundantly clear with our fans who read it. Heat pumps might be different in many fundamental ways from central air conditioners, but they still are similar in some aspects. When it comes to the filter in your heat pump, and calling for professional help to address heat pump repair in Orlando, FL, there’s absolutely no difference.
Your heat pump needs a filter change just like a central AC unit! And, to make things a bit more complicated, it’s going to need more filter changes because we use heat pumps for the majority of the year, not just for the summer.
So buckle up, because we’re going to touch on how homeowners can replace their heat pump’s air filter, how often it should be done, and why it’s so important to call us if you need help.
When and How to Change Your Air Filter
Your heat pump, just like any other air conditioning system, has a return air duct. This is where air flows into the system from your home so it can be properly treated and cooled during the summer (or heated during the winter). This air also passes through an air filter in this area, which is the exact piece of equipment we’re talking about.
It’s actually recommended that homeowners replace their own air filters, even if it sounds like a daunting job. These things need to be cleaned out regularly, so instead of calling for a professional every two months or so, it’s much easier if you can learn to do it yourself.
Make sure you turn the system off, keep note of which direction the filter is facing, and figure out whether it’s a disposable filter that needs to be replaced by a new one, or if it’s one that can just be rinsed and replaced. Once you’ve done this and reinserted the filter, you’re pretty much good to go!
When to Replace the Filter
We often recommend that homeowners replace their air filter every 1-3 months but that’s a bit vague. It really depends on how heavily your system is running. In the case of a heat pump, this is going to be heavily related to the climate outdoors.
During the hottest months of the summer, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to replace their air filter monthly because the system is working harder than it normally would. During the mild months of the fall, as a comparison, you could probably wait up to 3 months to change out the air filter because of how little you depend on the heat pump.
Either way, don’t let your filter get too clogged up. This can be avoided by just not waiting too long and checking periodically on it.
We Can Help
If you’ve got any questions about your heat pump’s air filter, then don’t hesitate to call us. We can help you locate it, repair any issues, and even walk you through the air filter process so you feel more confident in this best practice.