Should I Replace My Heat Pump This Fall?

heat-pump-replacementWe still have a few more weeks of summer, but fall will be here before you know it. That means it’s time to start thinking about whether or not your heat pump will be able to keep your home comfortable through the heating season. You don’t want to have your system permanently break down on you in the middle of a cold day, after all. If your heat pump isn’t up to the task, it’s better to replace it now than to wait for the weather to turn cold. Have a look at some of the signs that you need to replace your heat pump this fall.

Unusually High Monthly Bills

Your monthly costs will obviously fluctuate depending on how much you use the heat pump. However, you should start to become concerned if your heat pump begins to cost more from month to month than is justified by how often you use it. Unusually high monthly operating costs could be an indication that the heat pump is near the end of its life.

The older a heat pump gets, the more wear and tear it accumulates. Eventually, this will start to negatively affect the heat pump’s efficiency. The more the efficiency drops, the harder the heat pump will have to work in order to affect the same temperature changes. This is what causes the spike in monthly costs.

Constant Repair Problems

It’s not unusual to need to repair your heat pump a handful of times over the years. If the system needs to be repaired every few months, though, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it. That kind of constant repair need is often due to parts failing under years of wear and tear. There is very little to be done about this, if it’s the cause of your constant breakdowns. Either you continue to repair the system, which means replacing it one part at a time, or you replace the entire system at once. It is almost always more cost effective to replace the entire heat pump with a new one. This also saves you the frustration of being without a working heat pump multiple times a year.

Old Age

The average heat pump lasts up to 15 years, give or take, depending on individual circumstances. You should not expect your system to have many healthy years beyond that. Once a heat pump gets older than 15 years, it begins to develop all kinds of issues. Parts lose efficiency and eventually break down, just as discussed above. Eventually, the system will get too old to continue operating and will break down entirely.

Once your heat pump gets past 15 years of age, it’s a good idea to call a professional and have them evaluate it. You might be able to get a few more years of good use out of it, or you might want to replace it as soon as possible.

Comfort Central, Inc. offers comprehensive heat pump replacement services throughout Hendersonville, NC. If you need professional heat pump services, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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