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Should I Replace My Heat Pump Before Heating Season?

heat-pump-replacementWe’re getting close to the end of summer, hard as that is to believe. Doubtless, you’ve been cranking your heat pump all summer, to try and keep your home as cool as possible. With winter on the horizon, though, your heat pump isn’t going to get a break any time soon. It’s a good idea to evaluate your system, especially if you’ve had it for a while, to see if it’s going to be able to reliably heat your home over the cold months. If not, then now is the time to install a new one. If you’re not sure whether or not your heat pump needs to be replaced, read on.

Is the System Costing More Than It Should be?

It’s never a bad idea to keep an eye on the monthly costs of using your heat pump. If the heat pump’s monthly costs start to rise unexpectedly, it might be a sign that you need to replace it. The older a heat pump gets, the more wear and tear will buildup on the system. The more wear and tear builds up, the more efficiency the system loses. This forces it to operate for ever-increasing periods of time in order to compensate for the lost efficiency, which will drive up the monthly cost of using the system.

Eventually, the accumulated wear and tear will affect the parts of the system so much that they will start to fail with increasing frequency. This is a big red flag that you need to have a professional evaluate your system as soon as possible. It’s not unusual to need to repair a heat pump every few years or so. If you need to have it repaired multiple times a year, though, that’s a sign that you need a new system. Repairs that frequent are often a sign that the system is reaching the end of its life. You can continue paying to repair it every few months if you want, but all you’re really doing is spending a lot of money to keep a failing system up and running. It is far more effective in the long run to replace the entire system.

Is It Older Than 15 Years?

The average lifespan of a heat pump is around 10-15 years, under ideal circumstances. That will change slightly from situation to situation, but don’t count on your system living past 25 or anything. If your heat pump is older than 15 years, it might be a good idea to consider having it replaced. Systems that old tend to collect all kinds of issues, and are typically very cost-inefficient to run. At the very least, you should contact a professional and ask them if they think you should install a new system.

PRK Services, Inc. offers comprehensive heat pump installation services throughout Argyle, TX. If you need a new heat pump installed in your home, we are here for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert heat pump technicians.  

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