Heat pumps provide comfortable heating and cooling that’s both affordable and ecologically sustainable. But they aren’t designed to last forever. At some point, they will need to be replaced, usually after 10 to 15 years of use.
Replacing a heat pump is something you want to plan, not a last-minute emergency fix. It’s important to recognize repair issues early so you can fix or replace the system before the point of absolute failure. You can plan to replace the heat pump at a point that’s convenient to the season and your budget.
Here are a few signs you might need to replace your heat pump. Have your system inspected by a HVAC specialist for a more professional diagnosis of your heating and cooling system. Be proactive when it comes to getting a new heat pump.
Does your heat pump always run?
Heat pumps aren’t designed to run continuously. At optimal performance, a heat pump will run in cycles, turning on when prompted by your thermostat and switching off when temperatures have reached a comfortable range. If your heat pump doesn’t cycle but instead runs continuously, this is a sign it’s starting to die.
A HVAC technician can examine your system to determine if it’s the right size for your home or if it is indeed starting to fail. Either way, replacing a heat pump can reduce your energy bills and save you money overtime.
Your heat pump often needs repaired
Like any piece of equipment, a heat pump suffers wear and tear from years of use. Components wear out and break down, leading to frequent repairs, which can get expensive fast. Ideally, the system should not need repairs more than twice a year — once at the beginning of the heating season, and again at the end. If you find yourself frequently calling a HVAC tech for emergency repairs, it could be a sign your heat pump is on the brink of death.
Your home has poor indoor air quality
Ideally, a heat pump will improve the quality of air in your home. But if your home always seems humid, the air is often stale or you are often sneezing, these are signs your air isn’t properly circulating. It can be especially hard on those who suffer from asthma, allergies or other breathing problems.
We recommend replacing older heat pumps that compromise air quality. If your system is relatively new and you still have air quality problems, you may be able to solve the issue with a humidifier, filter change or other heat pump add ons that can improve air quality. Talk to an experienced HVAC specialist.
Higher energy bills
The point of owning a heat pump is to save money. They provide an affordable and environmentally-friendly way to heat and cool a home. But over time, they will lose efficiency. That can mean higher energy bills. If your energy bill seems to be going through the roof, talk to a HVAC tech. They can examine your system and determine if it may be time for a new heat pump.
Your heat pump is older than 10 years
Energystar.gov recommends replacing a heat pump if its older than 10 years. By replacing your older heat pump with a more energy efficient model that is Energy Star rated, you can slash your heating and cooling costs by 20 percent.
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Older heat pumps cost you money overtime. Consider a new heat pump an investment. With the added savings, installing a new heat pump can pay for itself after two to three years, especially considering today’s high energy costs.
Call HVAC 911 to have a HVAC tech inspect your heat pump to determine if it is ready for replacement. We are an extensive network of heat pump specialists that can give you advice and help save you money.