Most people are familiar with the classic window air conditioning unit you can buy at any hardware store and install to keep specific rooms in your home cool. However, not many people are familiar with a window heat pump. Window heat pumps act similarly to window air conditioners except they also provide heating capabilities. If you’re considering one of these window units, you’ll need to know how to maintain it.
Window heat pumps are a great way to heat and cool your home, but they require some regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Today, we’ll explore some maintenance tips to ensure your new window unit functions the way it should.
Clean the condenser coil
One of the most important maintenance tasks is cleaning the condenser coil. The condenser coil is the part of the heat pump that cools the air that is blown into your home. If it becomes dirty, it will not be able to do its job properly, which can lead to decreased efficiency and higher energy costs.
Fortunately, cleaning the condenser coil is a relatively easy task. All you need is a garden hose and a bucket. First, turn off the power to the heat pump. Then, remove the cover to the condenser coil. Next, use the garden hose to spray the coil clean. Be sure to use a gentle spray, so you don’t damage the coil.
Once the coil is clean, use the bucket to catch the water that is coming out of the coil. Then, replace the cover for the coil and turn on the power to the heat pump.
Clean the filter and check the window seals
Cleaning the filter regularly is a surefire way to keep your window heat pump running efficiently. A dirty filter will reduce the unit’s performance and can even cause it to break down. Filters should be cleaned at least every month, depending on how often the unit is used.
You’ll also need to keep a check on the seals around the window unit. Make sure that the seals around the unit are tight and in good condition. If they are not, the unit will not be able to properly insulate the home and will not be as efficient. Furthermore, it can lead to leaks when it rains, leading to expensive water damage.
Regularly check the fan motor and belt
You’ll also need to keep a check on the fan motor and belt of your window unit. The fan motor powers the fan that circulates the air inside the window heat pump. If the fan motor is not working correctly, the air will not circulate properly and the window heat pump will not work efficiently.
The belt connects the fan motor to the compressor. If the belt is loose or broken, the fan motor will not be able to power the compressor. This will also cause the window heat pump to break down
To check the fan motor and belt, turn off the power to the window heat pump and remove the cover. Next, check the fan motor and belt for any damage or wear. If there is any damage or wear, you may need to contact a professional to replace these parts. On the other hand, if the fan motor and belt are working correctly, re-attach the cover to the window heat pump and turn the power back on.
Ensure your window heat pump is working properly
By following these steps, you can ensure that your window heat pump is running efficiently and that you avoid any costly repairs. However, if you’re unsure of maintaining your window unit, or if it’s not working correctly after maintaining it, always call a licensed HVAC technician to assess your unit and repair any issues within it.