How To Clean Heat Pump Coils

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How To Clean Heat Pump Coils

Are you tired of high energy bills and a heat pump that can’t keep up? The culprit might be hiding in plain sight: your heat pump’s coils. These hardworking components are essential for efficient operation, but they can’t do their job if they’re caked in dirt and grime. As a homeowner, maintaining clean coils is a top priority.

To keep your heat pump running smoothly, it helps to understand how it works and each component’s role. Here, we’ll guide you through the ins and outs of your heat pump, starting with the outdoor unit that houses those all-important coils. 

Understanding Your Heat Pump

A heat pump transfers heat between your home and the outside air, depending on the season. The condenser — the outside unit of a heat pump — plays a pivotal role in this process. As air moves through the condenser coils, heat is either expelled or absorbed, depending on the current needs of your home’s interior. Keeping these coils clean is vital for maintaining optimal efficiency.

Importance of Cleaning Heat Pump Coils

The coils are integral to the heat exchange process and, if dirty, can significantly hinder your system’s efficiency. Dirt and debris restrict airflow and insulate the coils, reducing their ability to absorb or release heat. This inefficiency can lead to increased energy consumption, higher utility bills, and strain on your system, potentially resulting in premature failures.

When To Clean Your Heat Pump Coils

Inspecting and cleaning your heat pump coils at least once a year is advisable. However, if you notice any of the following signs, it might be time for a clean:

  • Visibly dirty coils
  • Difficulty maintaining your desired indoor temperature
  • Unexpected increases in energy costs

How To Clean Heat Pump Coils

Cleaning the coils of your heat pump is a delicate process:

  1. Power Down: Ensure that you have turned off all power to the unit to avoid any accidents.
  2. Remove Debris: Clear any leaves, dirt, and other debris from around the condenser.
  3. Clean the Coils: Use a garden hose to gently rinse the coils from the inside out, avoiding high pressure that could bend or damage the fins.
  4. Inspect for Damage: Watch for any signs of wear or damage as you clean. If anything seems amiss, it’s time to call a professional.

When To Call a Professional

While regular maintenance can go a long way, certain situations require professional service if your system is underperforming, even after a regular cleaning or if you notice significant physical damage. 

At Barnard Heating and Cooling, our technicians specialize in thorough maintenance and repair that ensure your system operates at peak efficiency. We have the tools and expertise to handle deeper issues that might be beyond the scope of routine maintenance.


Keeping your heat pump’s coils clean is a simple yet effective way to boost efficiency and extend the life of your unit. Regular checks and maintenance can save you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs and reducing energy bills. Consider scheduling an annual service check-up with the trusted HVAC professionals at Barnard Heating and Cooling for optimal performance.

Don’t let a minor issue become a major problem — contact Barnard Heating and Cooling today to ensure your heat pump is in top condition!


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