When your home has a heat pump, properly maintaining is vital for keeping your energy costs from skyrocketing from 10 to 25 percent higher. Part of this maintenance is cleaning the coils on the pump. If you would like to do this yourself, use the following 2-step guide twice a year.

Step 1:  Vacuum The Coils

The first step uses a vacuum to remove any loose dust and cobwebs that have settled on the coils. You will need a vacuum cleaner with a hose, a crevice tool, and a soft brush attachment.

Turn off the heat pump and remove the access panel. Then, use the crevice tool to remove any cobwebs hanging around the coils. Do not allow the tool to touch the coils because any excess pressure could bend the coil fins.

Once the cobwebs are cleared away, replace the crevice tool with the soft brush. Use this brush to lightly vacuum the top and bottom surfaces of the coils. Once you have removed all of the loose debris, go on to the next step.

Step 2:  Use Vinegar To Remove Any Stuck-On Grime

After getting rid of the excess dust, closely look at the coils to see if there is any stuck-on grime or grease. If you see any, you can use white distilled vinegar to remove it. The vinegar will break down the grease and oil, making it easier for you to remove the dirt without damaging the coils or fins. 

You will also need a small bucket, warm water, and a soft, lint-free cloth. A cloth diaper or mechanic’s cloth works well for this purpose.

In the bucket, mix together a cup each of the vinegar and warm water. Then, use the cloth to carefully dab the solution on the grimy areas. Let it soak in for about five minutes.

While you are letting the vinegar solution soak in, empty the bucket and replace it with clean, warm water. Dip the cloth into the water and wring it out. Then, wipe the coils clean and let them air dry before turning the heat pump back on.

Cleaning your heat pump’s coils twice a year can extend its life and save you money on your monthly bill. However, if you decide you do not want to do this task yourself or feel there is a problem with the coils, you may want to contact a contractor who specializes in heat pump repair and replacement to take a look at it.

To learn more about heat pumps, talk to a professional like Hayes Heating & Cooling.