So, you forgot to cover your heat pump this winter. Or maybe a late season snowstorm caught you off guard and now you have snow and ice inside your heat pump. Of course, you can wait for the snow to melt, but it's probably better to get rid of it as soon as possible and cover your pump to protect from any further storms. It is always better to keep your heat pump covered whenever you aren't using it, but accidents do happen. This article explains how you can safely open up your heat pump and remove snow and any other debris that has settled inside of it.
Shutting Down the Pump to Work on It
Heat pumps usually have an emergency shut off point mounted on the wall directly next to them. This large power switch should be shut off before you do any work on your heat pump. You don't want to risk the machine turning on while you are working on it.
Removing the Fan and Guard
Most heat pumps have a top-mounted fan that faces downward. The fan motor is actually attached to the bird guard (also called a squirrel guard). You want to remove the guard by taking the screws out of the bracket. Most mounting screws can be easily removed with a power drill. Next, lift the grate up carefully and guide the fan blades through the opening. The motor and fan blade can be quite heavy, so you might need two people for this job. Also, you might need to help with this job because, depending on the exact design of your heat pump, there might be power cords that you need to unplug.
Cleaning Inside the Compartment
With the fan removed, you can easily clean the rest of the compartment. It will be mainly hollow, except for the condenser coils that line the inside of the cylinder and the compressor unit. The cleaning is easiest if you have an industrial shop vacuum. Use the shop vac to soak up any leaves, debris, or moisture inside the unit. You can also use a large towel to soak up any moisture along the bottom pan. It is important you keep an eye on the electrical connections going into the compressor unit.
Don't forget to reconnect the power connection to the fan before you reattach the mounting screws. In the end, you will see that the work is a very simple but important process if you want to make sure the heat pump doesn't rust or corrode from moisture buildup on the inside.
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