Heat pumps, like all systems, have an expiration date. No matter how well you take care of your home’s heat pump, you will have to replace it someday. Since you do not want your heat pump to die on you when you need it working the most, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various signs that you may need to replace it. With that in mind, read on for some of the more common signs that you should schedule installation of a new heat pump.
Lower Energy Efficiency
As a system gets older, it starts to accumulate wear and tear. This causes the heat pump’s efficiency levels to drop further and further, until it starts to reflect in your monthly bills. If your operating costs for your heat pump are rising steadily, even if you aren’t using the system more often, it is a sign that you need to replace it.
Frequent Repair Needs
As the various parts of the heat pump start to wear out, they will begin to break down more and more often. Most heat pumps shouldn’t need to be repaired more than once every couple of years. If your heat pump require repairs every few months, though, it is a definite sign that you need to replace it as soon as possible.
Once your heat pump gets to be around 15 or 20 years old, the problems listed above have typically made it much more expensive to operate. While you can keep your heat pump operating past this point, it is usually much less expensive in the long run to replace it with a new system. The cost of replacement will be offset by the significantly higher performance.