Heat pumps have a maximum lifespan, even when properly maintained. Various issues can cause a heat pump to fail before its time, however. Homeowners should recognize the signs of a heat pump that is nearing the end of its usefulness so that it can be replaced before it becomes an emergency call.
Average Heat Pump Lifespans
A heat pump usually lasts about 10 years. If annual maintenance is done by a professional and homeowners perform regular cleaning and air filter replacements, the pump can last 15 years or more. If your heat pump is getting near the 10-year mark, pay attention to some indicators that might suggest it’s nearing the end of its effectiveness.
Needs More Frequent Repairs
The costliest sign of an ailing heat pump is the need for repair. If homeowners notice their equipment needs considerably more work than it used to, it may be a sign the system as a whole is breaking down and cannot be completely repaired any longer.
While replacing a heat pump is an expensive prospect, frequent repairs can quickly add up. To keep costs at a minimum, homeowners should be proactive and replace the heat pumps while they are dying but before they are dead.
Making Strange Noises
If heat pump equipment begins making unusual noises, that may be a sign it needs repair. However, should the system continue making noises after the repairs are done, or a technician says there is nothing wrong with the pump, this may mean the system has a larger fault than a simple repair can fix.
Creates Higher Bills
As a heat pump breaks down, it will have to work harder to keep a house comfortable. To work harder, it uses more electricity. This results in higher energy bills. While a single high bill may not mean anything serious, several months of higher energy bills can be a sign a heat pump needs to be replaced.
Generates Inconsistencies In The Home
If a homeowner notices temperature, airflow, or humidity fluctuations in different areas of their home, this may point to a problem with their HVAC system. The problem could be in the ductwork rather than the heat pump, but if the ducts are cleaned and the issues remain, the heat pump may be the cause.
Offers Less Comfort
A telling sign that a heat pump needs replacing is less conditioned air in the home. Failing pumps may produce less hot or cold air for a variety of reasons. Some of these may be repairable, others may mean the entire system needs to be replaced. If you notice you’re your home is less comfortable on a consistent basis, you should have a technician service your system and assess whether it needs to be replaced. Contact McMaster Heating and Air today for diagnosis and heat pump replacement.