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How to maintain a heat pump

Homeowners who have heat pumps systems in their homes know the many benefits they provide. While it is economical to use a heat pumps split system, they still need to be maintained like a traditional gas furnace.

By implementing just two simple habits, you can deliver the type of care necessary for your heat pumps to work efficiently while extending its lifespan.

Heat Pumps Maintenance
Heat pumps maintenance is an important part of caring for your heating system. Heat pumps maintenance should be done twice a year, in between major seasons.

Maintenance helps prevent expensive repairs and permanent damages. Since the heat pumps system works around the clock, it is exceptionally important that specialized care is provided.

During the maintenance call, your heat pumps contractor:

Removes buildup and obstruction inside the heat pumps split system
Tests safety switches, gauges and meters
Resets pressure settings on refrigerant coils
Tests motors and belts
Measures airflow
Changes the air filter
Maintenance also gives your heat pumps contractor the opportunity to speak to you about how the system has changed. Because the system changes as it ages, homeowners should also adjust their usage pattern accordingly.

Clean Out the Heat Pumps’ Outdoor Unit

The heat pumps system relies on outdoor air to adequately heat and cool the home. So, it is important that the heat pumps unit is located in the right place. When it was first installed, your heat pumps contractor most likely chose the best location. However, with time, outdoor settings change.

Homeowners might find that their heat pumps unit has been covered with broken branches, is near a trash bin or around other organic waste. This may hurt the efficiency of your heat pumps system since it has to work doubly hard to filter through the mess. It might also create resistance in airflow, slowing down the air conditioning process.

For these reasons, homeowners are encouraged to closely monitor their heat pumps’ outdoor unit. Position the heat pumps off the ground and away from any plants, trash, dirt or even snow. Clearing the area around the heat pumps also prevents damages.

Keep drains and pipes free of buildup. As efficient as the heat pumps system is, any type of blockage could easily reduce efficiency up to 25 percent.

If you are unsure how to handle your heat pumps and care for the system from home, contact your HVAC contractor. He or she can provide additional help to make your heat pumps last.

Care for Your Heat Pumps with 3D Air Services
Our experts lead in heating and air conditioning installations, repairs, maintenance and air quality services.

3D Air Services  heat pumps contractors guarantee genuine customer service and top technical care. We aim for your total satisfaction.

Schedule a maintenance call. Contact one of our friendly representatives. You can also book an appointment online at your convenience.

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3D Air proudly serves Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Jemison and everywhere in between.

 

How to avoid scams with HVAC Repairs

WATCH OUT FOR Birmingham HVAC SCAMS THIS SUMMER!

Talking about scams and dishonest business isn’t really a fun topic; and the fact that these kinds of things exist at all is pretty disheartening. But the truth of the matter is that it does happen. And you need to know how to spot Birmingham HVAC scammers!

At 3D Air Services there is absolutely nothing we take more seriously than protecting our patrons. When you need Birmingham HVAC services, you need a reliable and effective solution. Part of finding this is knowing exactly what to look for, and what to avoid.

HOW TO SPOT AN HVAC SCAM

The summer season unfortunately brings a lot of unsavory characters out of the woodwork. Be wary of any of the following situations:

Unsolicited visits. Professionals do not run around town looking for HVAC problems. When you need our help, you know who to call! If a stranger shows up at your door citing some oddball and sudden HVAC “emergency” that requires immediate attention, don’t be fooled. On the off chance that you’re just dealing with a good samaritan, go ahead and schedule a visit from HVAC professionals. But some off-the-street handyman that wants to come into your home should never be trusted.
“Cash up front” services. If your chosen HVAC technician wants full payment up front, you probably want to drop them. This is a common scam, and most of the time, you’ll never see this person (or your money) ever again. And be doubly wary of cash only services. We live in a modern world, and folks that only accept cash for contracted work probably aren’t pros.
Unprofessional behavior. Your HVAC expert doesn’t need to show up in a suit and tie speaking oxford english or anything, sure. But if you call in for service and the person that shows up is rude, uncouth, or given to withholding information, don’t work with them! Scammers aren’t often all that friendly, and if they are, it usually feels decidedly fake.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A Birmingham HVAC CONTRACTOR

Most of the time, a professional HVAC contractor is pretty easy to spot. When you’re looking for a trustworthy and dependable service, be sure they have:

Credentials. Licensing and insurance are clear hallmarks of a real, professional business. If you’re planning on getting some Birmingham HVAC service, make sure your chosen service experts are actually experts!
Marks and branding. When a 3D Air service vehicle rolls up, you know it’s us. It’s the same for most proper businesses. Uniforms, verifiable business cards, branded vehicles; all of these things are signs that you’re dealing with a real business and not a fly-by-night scammer.
Good reviews. It’s the technological age, and computers are a common part of most United States homes. Use this to your advantage! Seek out testimonials and reviews from actual customers online (they’re pretty easy to find) to see whether or not previous experiences with the company have been positive.

3D Air Services Proud History and Reputation

3D Air Services is mid-sized, locally owned company with a combined 115 years experience in our leadership staff. We strive to be the leader in the delivery of quality, efficiency, and service to our customers in the heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality systems.  3D Air Services proudly serves Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Helena, Calera and everywhere in between. You can leave us a review on our Google Review Page or Facebook Page.