If you are using a heat pump to keep your home comfortable all year-round, then you should know that we’re moving into an off-season for heat pumps. Winter and summer are the most stressful times of the year for heat pumps, because those are the times when they’re used the most. Though your heat pump may get a brief reprieve now, it’s going to be working pretty hard again in a month or two. Before that happens, it’s a good idea to evaluate whether or not your heat pump can even get you through another summer season. If not, you should replace it now before summer starts. You don’t want to have the system break down permanently in the middle of the hottest season of the year.
Older Than 15 Years
One of the primary methods for determining whether or not a heat pump is in need of replacement is to look at its age. The typical maximum effective age for a heat pump is 15 years. Once it gets older than that, it begins to become less and less cost-effective to operate. Typically, this is due to the development of various problems, like those listed below. One way or another, though, once your heat pump gets 15+ years old it’s probably a good idea to talk to a professional about replacing it.
All heat pumps need repairs every once in a while; that is not necessarily an indication that you need to replace the entire system. What does, though, is how often you need to have the system repaired. As a heat pump gets older, the wear and tear on the various parts of the system will accumulate until those parts start to fail in groups. If you need to repair your heat pump multiple times a year, that is when you need to seriously look into replacing the system entirely. You are just replacing the system one part at a time anyway, and that is significantly more expensive.
Somewhat related to the above problem is that of higher monthly operating costs. No, we are not talking about your monthly bills going up as you use your heat pump system more often. Older heat pumps are not as efficient as they once were, which means that they are going to need to operate for longer periods of time in order to affect the same temperature changes. This added operating time will be reflected in your monthly bills. So, if your bills are going up for no apparent reason, it is a safe bet to assume that your heat pump is in need of replacement. This could also mean that you have a more specific problem that needs to be dealt with, but you’ll need to call a professional to make sure. One way or another, something is wrong.
Cliffs Air Conditioning offers a full range of heat pump replacement services throughout Port Charlotte, FL. If you need to replace your heat pump, contact us today to schedule an appointment.