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How to Keep Your Heat Pump Running Smoothly in the Winter in Nova Scotia


Woman feeling comfortable at home in the winter with the support of her heat pump

As the temperatures begin to dip, making sure that your heat pump is operating at its top performance becomes a priority for a cozy winter experience. Let’s go through some valuable tips to keep your heat pump running seamlessly and offer insights on handling any challenges that may arise during the winter months. Whether you're a new heat pump owner or a seasoned user, these tips are a must-read before the chilly weather sets in.


Embrace the Warmth Throughout Winter

To maintain the well-being of your heat pump throughout the colder months, an effective strategy is to use it consistently throughout the winter. Contrary to intuition, running your heat pump during colder months helps prevent overworking and potential breakdowns. If you reside in an area with milder winters, your heat pump may suffice as the primary heating source; however, in harsher climates, like we have in Nova Scotia, consider complementing it with a backup system like electrical baseboards to alleviate strain and ensure efficient operation throughout those nasty February dips.


Clear Your Heat Pump Surroundings Regularly

Another crucial aspect of heat pump maintenance is keeping the area around it clear. During the winter months, you want to maintain a two-foot clearance from snow and ice. Clear the snow from around your heat pump regularly. If your heat pump is in a highly exposed area, you may also want to consider adding a heat pump shelter or a wind baffle to protect your heat pump from the harsh elements and reduce the amount of work you have to do manually. At Kings Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, we can custom create the perfect solution for your heat pump. Check out all of our heat pump accessories here.


Regularly Maintain Your Filters

Routine filter cleanings or changes are imperative for the well-being of any HVAC system, with heat pumps being no exception. Given their higher workload, heat pump filters should be changed or cleaned every one - three months. If you have pets, smoke in your home, or reside in a dusty locale, more frequent filter maintenance may be necessary. Consistent filter maintenance ensures optimal performance and prevents clogs that could hinder efficiency.


Annual Maintenance for Longevity

A key investment in your heat pump's longevity is scheduling annual maintenance. During this session, a technician from Kings Refrigeration & Air Conditioning will conduct a thorough cleaning, inspect all components, and address any necessary repairs or replacements. This proactive approach is a surefire way to keep your heat pump running smoothly, preventing minor issues from escalating into major problems. If you purchased your unit from Kings, you will receive an email or call when it’s time to book your annual maintenance. Mark it on your calendar and prioritize this annual check-up.


Optimize Settings for Comfort

Using your heat pump correctly is paramount for its sustained functionality. Resist the temptation to set the thermostat too low, as this could inadvertently strain the system and reduce its lifespan. Instead, opt for a comfortable temperature setting and allow your heat pump to perform its task efficiently.


Bypass the "Auto" Setting

Many heat pumps come equipped with an "auto" setting that automatically switches between heating and cooling modes. However, this feature can impose additional strain and contribute to premature breakdowns. If your heat pump has this option, consider using manual mode to have more control over its operation, providing necessary breaks when not in use.


Seek Professional Assistance When Needed

Even with diligent adherence to these tips, issues may arise. If you notice irregularities in your heat pump's performance, strange noises, or unusual odors, don't hesitate to call us at Kings Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. We will ensure a qualified technician gets out to you promptly. Attempting to troubleshoot on your own may exacerbate the situation. Trust the professionals to efficiently diagnose and resolve the issue, getting your heat pump back on track without unnecessary delays.


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