Having a private swimming pool on your property is a privilege that few homeowners enjoy. And it also entails some amount of expense and responsibility. But if you want to reduce the costs associated with owning and operating a pool, ongoing maintenance is an important part of the equation. This includes the heat pump that ensures the water in your pool remains at a comfortable temperature. If you want to enjoy your pool throughout the summer, or even year-round (depending on where you live), proper maintenance is a must. And here are a few tips to help ensure that your pool’s heat pump is adequately maintained for top performance and extended usage.
- Inspect and clean your heat pump regularly. This is perhaps the most important aspect of heat pump maintenance for homeowners. If your heat pump is at all exposed, it can become compromised by dirt, leaves, twigs, and other environmental detritus. This can have an impact on airflow, significantly reducing performance or even causing your heat pump to fail completely. A fouled pump could be subject to irreparable damage if you fail to inspect it regularly and clear away any debris that has collected in, on, or around it. Don’t wait for your annual professional inspection – this is a task that any homeowner should be able to complete on a regular basis on their own.
- Maintain clearance. You’ve probably installed some landscaping around your pool as a means of creating the perfect outdoor oasis, but if trees, shrubbery, and other plants encroach on your heat pump, they can cause problems. The main issue is that they can restrict airflow and litter your heat pump with debris. Just make sure to keep any flora and fauna around the sides and top of your pool’s heat pump trimmed back so that they don’t interfere with the flow of air into your unit.
- Protect your pump from the elements. A little wind and rain won’t necessarily damage your heat pump, but standing water and the dust and dirt carried by strong winds can certainly have a negative effect on this integral piece of equipment. For this reason you might want to consider creating some kind of shelter or enclosure to protect your heat pump from the elements (without impacting the airflow to your unit).
- Run your heat pump regularly. You know that letting your car sit for months on end could lead to issues when you finally start it up again. The same can be true of any mechanical equipment. So weather permitting, you should try to run your heat pump at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure ongoing performance.
- Hire a professional. Your swimming pool heat pump is a complex piece of machinery. So you probably don’t want to mess with the inner workings unless you’re keen on voiding the warranty and causing additional damage. Whether you’ve got a pretty basic pool or you’ve emulated the look of fancy royal swimming pools in your backyard, keeping everything running smoothly could require some professional help. So make sure to arrange for annual maintenance at the very least, and any time you experience issues with your heat pump, call in a professional for necessary repairs.