The Scary Consequences of Skipping Heat Pump Maintenance

The Scary Consequences of Skipping Heat Pump Maintenance


This time of year, a lot of professionals talk about how important it is to get your heat pump tuned up. But maybe after a few years of getting your system tuned up twice a year, you are starting to wonder if it is really worth the money and time. This year, you might not need to do the fall tune-up.


You can actually skip your fall maintenance service, but we strongly suggest that you don’t. Even if you skip your tune-up, your heat pump might not break down right away. However, the longer it goes without maintenance, the more likely it is to have problems.


So, what happens if you don’t take care of your heat pump every two years? Let’s think about what could go wrong if this professional service wasn’t there.

The most important problem that maintenance stops

So why should you keep doing what you’ve always done and have your heat pump checked out twice a year? Because it keeps the following things from happening:


  • A drop in system efficiency: If you don’t get your heat pump serviced, it might lose some of its energy efficiency. This will mean higher energy bills, but it won’t make people feel better. In fact, it will make things even worse. Keeping up with maintenance, on the other hand, stops up to 5% of efficiency loss, which is a big difference.
  • Loss of efficiency: Your heat pump can actually work less well if you don’t do maintenance. This is because small problems won’t be fixed and will have a chance to get worse, which could hurt your heat pump system.
  • Costs and repair needs have gone up: If you don’t get your heat pump’s regular tune-up, that can also make it more likely that it will need to be fixed. This dirt buildup won’t go away and will only get worse, making that dirty evaporator coil into a frozen one. Also, since the problem is going to get worse, repair costs are likely to go up as well. Up to 85% of the repairs that a system might need over the course of its life can be avoided if it is kept in good shape.
  • Reduced lifespan: If you don’t take care of your heat pump, you might be able to use it for 10 years before it becomes more cost-effective to buy a new one because it won’t work as well or as often. On the other hand, if you keep up with maintenance, your system could last for at least 15 years longer.

As you can see, maintenance makes a big difference in how well your heat pump mini split works and, by extension, how comfortable your home is. Why not do it if it will only help you?


If you need help with your heat pump, it’s best to call in a pro. In Oak Lawn, IL, you can come to our team to get the maintenance, repairs, and other services you need for your heat pump before you use it to heat or cool your home.


We have answers for every time of year. Oak Lawn HVAC is the place to call today to set up your tune-up.

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