5 Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Heat Pump

December 09, 2016

We’ve heard plenty of horror stories from homeowners who were left without air conditioning or heating for days when their heat pump unexpectedly died on them.

But here’s the thing: heat pumps don’t up and die out of nowhere. In every story, the heat pump dying wasn’t quite as “unexpected” as it seems. The homeowners just weren’t aware of the signs that they needed to replace their system.

Let’s take a look at 4 of these signs (so you won’t be caught blindsided by a bum heat pump, too!).

Sign #1: Your unit is older than 10 years

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.
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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. To learn more about the benefits of keeping your heat pump regularly maintained, check out our blog “Why Money-Smart People Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance Right Now”.

Keep your heat pump alive longer, schedule maintenance now

Don’t want your heat pump to kick the bucket earlier than it should?

We can help, just schedule your heat pump maintenance now.

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