Since Waynesboro, PA, averages about 30 inches of snow per year, it is best to be prepared to dig your way out, or into your home. However, few homeowners realize that they may have to dig out their heat pump to keep it functioning properly. Below are four reasons to keep snow and ice cleared from your heat pump.

Snow and Ice Can Damage Components

Melted ice and snow find their way inside your unit and when the melted water refreezes, it expands. This can damage the coil fins and fans by bending them or making it harder for them to turn. Falling ice can cause damage to your heat pump as well, so it’s best to clear any dangling icicles or sheets of ice that can impact your outdoor unit, leading to the need for more repair issues.

Lack of Airflow

When snow builds on top of your outdoor unit, it makes it more difficult for the air to properly pass through your HVAC system. If you have snow on top of your unit, your heat pump has a tough time discharging air, causing it to work harder. If you have snow or ice at the intake vents, your HVAC system doesn’t have proper air intake to function properly. Lack of airflow also impacts indoor air quality, such as allowing for a buildup of carbon monoxide

The System Can’t Drain

Your heat pump has a drain line that takes condensation away from the unit. If there’s snow or ice blocking the drain line, the moisture inside freezes, and the water in the line can back up and cause additional problems. During the colder months in Waynesboro, PA, periodically check your condensate drain to ensure there’s no blockage.

Decreased Efficiency

Homeowners switch to heat pumps due to their incredible efficiency and their ability to slash utility bills. When lack of airflow due to snow or ice causes the system to work harder, it reduces the unit’s efficiency. In turn, the system has to use more energy to work properly, which raises your energy bills.

Don’t let snow and ice give you an extra headache this winter. Contact Bream’s Heating and Cooling Solutions today for all your heat pump repair and maintenance needs.

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