One of the reasons air and ground source heat pumps have become so popular is because of the fact that they require little maintenance and can be expected to last 20 to 30 years if installed by a qualified engineer. Once installed, maintenance and servicing are recommended to be carried out yearly by a qualified engineer. You can expect to be given all the important details regarding maintenance and how you can ensure your system continues to operate at peak performance following installation. Allow us to talk you through the maintenance requirements of each system.

Air source heat pump maintenance

For those considering air source heat pump systems to heat or cool their homes, this is one of the lowest maintenance options on the market. The level of maintenance required will vary depending on the type of system you have installed at your property, however there are some small checks that you can carry out yourself. This includes cleaning the filters, coils, and fans, clearing debris, and checking moving parts such as fan blades to make sure that your cooling and heating systems are energy efficient. Depending on whether you use your system more for heating or cooling, you should book in an annual service just before the time of year where you use it most. An engineer will:

  • Carry out an inspection of filters, ducts, and coils to ensure they are operating correctly or identify if any repairs are necessary.
  • Make sure that air flow is correct and there are no obstructions.
  • Check refrigerant levels and pressure, topping up if necessary and repairing any leaks.
  • Check electrical components, making sure they are functioning correctly.
  • Test heating and cooling abilities, making sure thermostat is operating as it should.

Ground source heat pump maintenance

When arranging ground source heat pump servicing and maintenance, you should remember that they are similar to air source heating units in that they require minimal maintenance, but an annual check is necessary to make sure that it is operating efficiently and according to manufacturers specifications. Heat pumps that are not operating correctly can lose up to 25% efficiency in energy consumption and will not provide central heating or hot water properly. Before choosing a suitable ground source heat pump unit, you may wish to research the maintenance requirements of each one. The main checks involved in the maintenance process are:

  • Electronics and any equipment that controls your unit.
  • The water pump, which is the only moving part of your ground source system.
  • Pipes and connectors.
  • The compressor unit, which must be completely replaced if damaged.
  • Coolant fluid within the ground loops of your system.
  • Radiators and other key parts of your central heating.

Why is heat pump maintenance important?

You can maximise your energy savings, as regular maintenance can ensure your system continues to operate more energy efficiently than traditional heating methods.

Checking in on the key components of your heat pumps will help keep them in their best condition and extend the lifespan of your system.

An annual checkup will reduce your chances of encountering an unexpected breakdown and then having to pay over the odds to call out an engineer for repairs.

If you require any installation or servicing assistance for your renewable heating systems, at JP Air Conditioning we are here to help. We specialise in both air source and ground source heat pumps, and can install outdoor units or underground units depending on your preferences. We offer a minimum 5-year warranty on all our heat pump systems and, as Daikin D1 partners, you can benefit from an extended 7-year warranty on any of these systems. If you would like to find out more about our services, give our team a call today on 020 8333 1191 or email and we would be happy to help.

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