You’;; probably be using your heat pump all summer to keep your house as comfortable as possible. And with winter just around the corner, it’s a great time to evaluate whether or not your heat pump can last you throughout the cold season. Because if it cannot, you should consider getting a new heat pump as soon as possible.
Repair Over Replacement
Before you jump the gun and decide to replace your heat pump, evaluate your system to determine what minor problems are worth fixing. A heat pump can last for as long as 15 years. But with time, it’s normal to encounter issues like strange noises or odors from your heat pump.
You can get these issues fixed quickly by scheduling a heat pump repair. Another indication your heat pump needs repair is inconsistent airflow.
If there is a leak in the refrigerant or a problem with the compressor, you will notice that your heat pump produces consistent airflow but does not give out enough heat. You will also observe an unexpected rise in your energy bills if there is something wrong with your heat pump, as it uses more energy to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.
If your heat pump is not too old and its repairs don’t cost too much, conducting reasonable repairs should do the job. We recommend heat pump repairs if and when:
- The system is not over ten years old.
- It has a warranty.
- You did not already get it repaired.
The Right Time to Replace
When the minor issues become major issues, it’s time to let go. Here are a few signs to look out for that indicate you need to replace your heat pump:
- Constant Repairs
The more you use your system, the more wear and tear builds up, reducing its efficiency. Inevitably, the accumulated wear and tear will affect the heat pump components so much that they break down frequently. And like with any equipment, when breakdowns become the norm, you may need to get it replaced.
- Issues Even After Repair
If you observe strange sounds coming out of your heat pump even after repairs, it’s a sign that the heat pump components and moving parts are starting to wear down. In this case, you may be better off replacing the entire system as a lasting solution. Also, consistent rise in energy bills and uneven heating throughout the house are signs that a system change is necessary
- Heat Pump’s Age
Even the best systems become inefficient over time. For example, your heat pump gets put under a lot of strain over constant use over the years, and you will eventually have to replace it. Even if your system seems to be operating well, we recommend replacing it if it’s over 15 years old. Old systems gather all sorts of problems, and upgrading to a better model is usually more cost-efficient.
The team at TNC Mechanical Cooling & Heating, Inc. in Monson, MA., is ready to assist. Serving clients throughout Western MA, the family-owned company offers a wide range of HVAC services. We are a Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Pro Contractor. Visit us online for more information or call (888) 284-3892 to schedule an appointment.