Heat pumps are extremely efficient heating and cooling systems that can help you save money on your monthly space conditioning expenses throughout the lifetime of the system. The typical expected lifespan of a heat pump falls between 10—15 years; as your heat pump approaches this age, it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs that it might be time for heat pump replacement. Allowing your heat pump to remain in place after its effective lifetime has elapsed might save you money on new installation costs, but you will likely lose more in terms of heating and cooling expenses and heat pump repair requirements as time goes by. Taking proactive steps to address an aging or failing heat pump is the most cost-effective way to heat and cool your home over the long term.
Your Heat Pump Is Past the Age of 15
Regardless of its performance, any heat pump that is past the age of 15 is a top candidate for heat pump replacement. This is because even with regular maintenance and repair, heat pump systems are not designed to last longer than this predicted lifetime; after the age of 15, the risk of a breakdown increases drastically, and smaller repairs will likely start adding up quickly. Rather than continue to put money into a heat pump with an increased likelihood of failure, it’s a more cost-effective decision to put that money into heat pump replacement, which will offer a confident and problem-free function for another 15 years.
Your Heat Pump Is Noisy
As parts begin to experience wear and tear inside your heat pump, the unit will not be able to function as efficiently or quietly as it once did. Heat pumps often become noisier as they age, which is one of the first signs that wear and tear is taking its toll on the unit. If your heat pump has become particularly noisy and is ten years old or less, repair or maintenance may be all that’s needed to restore quiet and efficient function. However, a heat pump that has been in place for over a decade and has grown particularly noisy over the past few months or years is signaling that it is reaching the end of its functional lifetime and will soon need replacement.
Your Heat Pump’s Function Is Lacking
Over time, heat pumps lose efficiency as parts wear out and the system ages. One of the most noticeable signs of this process is a lack of efficiency over time, which can leave some parts of your home less comfortable than others or result in higher humidity levels due to poor moisture removal from the air. If your heat pump once functioned sufficiently for excellent home comfort but has begun to struggle to heat and cool your home, it’s a sign that it is no longer capable of providing the heating and cooling you need due to age. In this case, heat pump replacement may be your best option.
Replacing an aging heat pump is an easy and effective way to enjoy lower heating and cooling bills and a more comfortable home. If you have questions about heat pump replacement or are ready to get started searching for your home’s next heat pump, our Columbia heating and air conditioning specialists are ready to help. You can reach us on the web to learn more about our services, where you’ll also find our current heating and cooling specials; we also invite you to check through our blog for more home HVAC tips and news.