How do I know when it's time to replace my Heat Pump?
When your Heat Pump starts giving you more problems than seem cost-effective to repair then it's time to replace your unit. If the unit is approaching 15 years in age, or major components such as the compressor, reversing valve, accumulator or outdoor coil go bad, it might makes sense to replace instead of repair it. When faced with major repairs, we can help you make the right choice. Replacing a compressor is somewhat less expensive than replacing the entire unit, but new units may give you greater efficiency, lower operating costs and a brand new warranty on the whole unit, not just the part to be replaced.
My present Heat Pump does not keep us comfortable. Should I replace it with a larger one?
In most cases no. The ductwork is already sized for the heat pump itself. So a larger heat pump would need larger ductwork. The problem may be due to undersized ductwork, poor system design or installation. You may need ductwork modifications, a heat load calculation, or possibly an energy audit to find the problem areas and correct them. Some people are just never happy with a heat pump even if it is working perfectly fine. They just can not get used to the lower temperature output compared to an oil, electric or fossil fuel system for example.
What is the average life-span of a Heat Pump?
It can vary, depending on how much the system is used and how regularly it is checked or serviced. Generally, the average life-span of units built in the 1970s and 1980s is about 15 years, but individual units may vary and last much longer depending on use and how well they are maintained. An ARI survey showed average heat pump life to be about 14 years when recommended maintenance procedures were followed. Newer units are expected to last even longer.
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