Though we’re winding down the winter season here in Richmond, VA with some pretty extreme temperature fluctuations, we’re not completely out of the woods yet and still have a few more months of cold winter weather to go.
If you’re having problems with a heat pump or furnace, the first thing you should do is pick up the phone and call a professional HVAC company. It’s also not a bad idea to get a second or third opinion if someone is telling you to replace a heat pump.
In this article, we’ll touch on how to tell if a heat pump is nearing the end of its lifecycle and how to get a few more years out of heating equipment.
Is My Heat Pump System Going Caput?
It’s no secret that Heat Pumps don’t last forever. If you own a residential home with a heat pump system, you can expect to get about 15 years out of that equipment, give or take a few years. Eventually, all heat pumps have to be replaced.
However, it’s to your benefit to keep heating equipment running efficiently as long as possible. Extending the life of a heat pump unit can save you thousands in the long run, but eventually the cost of keeping the equipment running will outweigh the value.
Signs that It’s Time to Replace Your Heat Pump
EnergyStar.gov encourages replacing a heat pump every 10 years, because newer systems are so much more efficient. They also offer some great tips for helping decide when to replace a heat pump unit.
Common Signs that It Might Be Time to Replace a Heat Pump:
- Frequent Need for Repairs
- Sudden Spikes in the Energy Bills
- Some Rooms Are Too Hot or Too Cold
- Humidity Problems
- Visual Signs Like Extensive Rust
- Excessive Dust throughout the Home
- System is Unusually Noisy or Loud
Don’t Replace a Heat Pump without a Professional Opinion
For the most part, its good practice not to replace a heat pump system until a professional HVAC technician recommends doing so. It’s not completely unheard of for one technician to recommend replacement, while another might disagree. Getting a few estimates can be quite helpful in the decision-making process.
Making the Call to Pull the Plug on a Heat Pump
Just like an antique car, it’s possible to keep a heat pump running for years after its original life expectancy, but antique heat pumps aren’t as much fun to show off to your friends. Eventually the cost of repairs will outweigh the value of simply buying a new heat pump.
As the repairs start adding up, each repair becomes a gamble. When is this thing going to break down again? How much is the next repair going to be? Not unlike an aging car with a lot of miles, eventually, keeping that old piece of machinery running just isn’t worth the effort or investment.
How Do I Extend the Life of a Heat Pump?
How long a heat pump lasts depends largely on the type of equipment, insulation in your home, how taxed the system is during its lifetime, and how well maintained and cared for the system is over the years.
If you swap out air filters bi-monthly and have your heat pump serviced bi-annually, you can expect to get a few more years out of a heat pump unit. These few years are typically well worth the investment, because heat pumps are quite costly, especially for large homes.
Heat Pump Maintenance, Tune-ups, and Replacements
If you’re having problems with a heat pump system in Richmond, VA or would like a second opinion about whether or not to replace a heat pump unit, consider Howell’s Heating & Air.
Since 1969, it has been our mission to treat customers as we personally would like to be treated. Contact us to schedule heat pump maintenance or to learn more about the Howell’s Comfort Club, which is a program designed to keep your heating and cooling equipment running as efficiently and as longs as possible.