According to Energy.gov, if your heat pump is older than 10 years old, you could
save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by replacing your system with a new high efficiency heat pump.
Find your heat pump’s age by locating the nameplate and doing a quick google search of the serial number.
Now, if a 10-year-old heat pump seems a little too “young” to replace, think about it this way: Your heat pump has served you faithfully for
10 years year-round, non-stop. Compare that to an air conditioner or furnace that has an average lifespan of 15-20 years but only works less than half the year. Proportionately, your heat pump has put in more time and work, right?
So really, anything over 10 years for a heat pump means you’re living on borrowed time. Our techs always say, if your heat pump is still working after 10 years that’s good news AND bad news.
Have a heat pump that’s 10 years old or older and on the fence about replacing it? Let’s take a look at the next sign: your heating and cooling costs…
Sign #2: Your energy bills are higher than they used to be
Heat pumps, just like air conditioners and furnaces, lose efficiency over time. Things like dirt and dust building on the coils, metal elements corroding, and motors aging cause your heat pump to eat a lot more energy than it used to.
So, if your heat pump is over 10 years old and you notice your energy bills are much higher, you’ll likely need to replace your heat pump soon. The faster you replace your unit, the sooner you can expect lower monthly heating/cooling costs.
Sign #3: Your heat pump needs frequent repairs
A healthy heat pump shouldn’t need more than a handful of repairs every few years. If you find yourself needing more and more repairs, you’ll want to consider replacing it.
But how much is too much when it comes to repairs?
Well, when the cost of repairs nears the cost to replace your unit (roughly $5,300) you’ll obviously want to replace the unit. The age of your unit is another factor to consider when faced with frequent repairs. Just like you wouldn’t want to dump repair money into a car that’s dying, you wouldn’t want to put more money toward repairing a heat pump that’s nearing 10 years old.
Sign #4: Your heat pump provides less comfort than it used to
If you’ve noticed that your heat pump struggles reach your set temperature or if you have warm/stuffy spots, it may be time to replace your unit.
Another sign of decreased comfort is high indoor humidity during the summer. When working at optimal performance, a heat pump helps remove the moisture inside the air. But if it’s stopped removing moisture from your home, that’s a sign that your heat pump needs to be replaced.
Sign #5: You’ve neglected your heat pump over the years
If you’ve failed to schedule yearly maintenance for your heat pump, it will likely lead to expensive repairs and system failure much earlier.
So how often should you have your heat pump maintained? According to Energy.gov, you should
have your heat pump maintained at least once every year.
Keep your heat pump alive longer, schedule maintenance now