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Board of Trustees

Mr. Dana Gang,

Ms. Takisha Martin,
   Vice President

Mr. Lenny Davis,

Ms. Christine O'Dell,

Mrs. Judy Halsall,

Mr. Ron Nischwitz,

Ms. April Arnold,



Ms. Clara Fletcher,

Mr. George Workman,

Mr. Dana Gang,

Mr. Thong Tran,

Mr. Lee Shellhouse,
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All Committee chairers and members are appointed by the president with the advise and consent of the board.  All residents (owners and renters) are welcome to volunteer.  Please contact our association managers for an open position.



About Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps are one of the major heating applications for residential heating in this area; a brief explanation of operation and maintenance follows:

First, what is a heat pump? A heat pump is a central air conditioner that has an electric valve which reverses the flow of refrigerant in the system. When the refrigerant flow is reversed, the system is changed from a cooling system to a heating system.

Secondly, a heat pump has a few characteristics that differ from gas or straight electric heat. One difference is the lower level of heat a heap pump produces. Heap pump heat is not as warm to the touch as most people are used to. Usually it takes a short time to get accustomed to the change. The air coming from your registers may feel cool at times. Register discharge temperatures can range from 75 degrees to 90 degrees and may feel cool due to the velocity of the air stream.

Another characteristic is the automatic defrost cycle that occurs in the heating season approximately every hour, depending on weather conditions. The reason for the defrost cycle is the melt the ice off of the outdoor coil. This build-up of ice is caused by the lower outdoor temperatures, compound with the air moving across the outdoor coil. To remove this ice, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant, changing from heating to cooling. This melts the ice off the coil. During this cycle your auxiliary heat kicks in automatically to maintain your indoor temperature. Also during this cycle, you may see steam or vapor coming out of the outdoor unit. This is completely natural for a heat pump.

It is normal for the heat pump unit to run almost continuously when the outside temperature is below about 30 degrees.

FILTERS - Dirty filters restrict air flow and decrease efficiency drastically during your heating and cooling seasons. Your filter should be cleaned at least once a month and/or replaced as necessary. Remember to replace the filter with the correct side up.

TEMPERATURE SETTINGS - The temperature setting of a heat pump during the heating cycle should be set no lower than 68 degrees to no more than 72 degrees (even if you are out of town).

NIGH OR DAY SETBACK - It is recommended that the thermostat be set no lower than 68 degrees and for MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY you should leave your thermostat on ONE SET TEMPERATURE for the entire heating season.

SNOW REMOVAL - Residents should at all times remove drifted snow from around the outdoor unit for proper operation.

SUMMER - Keep all flowers, leaves, etc. away from the outside of heat pump unit.

LEVEL - Make sure your heat pump unit is level - if it's not level it is hard on the compressor and the bearings.


- When the heat pump has ice formed on it for a long period of time (about 24 hours). This is an indication of problems in the defrost system. Switch your thermostat over to auxiliary heat manually and place a service call. Some newer models switch to auxiliary heat automatically, please refer to owners manual.

- When the heat pump does not come on. Remember to first check your thermostat and your circuit breakers before calling for service.
- When ice forms on your heat pump during summer months.

POWER OFF - If electrical power is removed from the heat pump for any reason over an hour or two, immediately switch the heat pump thermostat to auxiliary heat (EM. HT.) for about 12-18 hours before switching back to Normal. Damage to the compressor could occur if this procedure is not followed.

The heat pump filter can be purchased at the local Home Depot, Lowes and Meijer at a cost between $3 to $15 for a set of 3.


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