The ideal time to get your system replaced is when you are actually planning on replacing it and not when it begins to fail on you which makes you rush into a decision. No homeowner really wants to replace their heat pump since it is a costly home improvement. However, if your heat pump is getting old, you need to seriously consider an upgrade to a model that is more energy efficient. This will save you money over time.
The life of a system is generally around 10 to 15 years in the outdoor unit’s compressor. These tend to fail much earlier than AC unit compressors since they are used all year. The life of a furnace is generally around 15 to 20 years.
When your system begins wearing out, you will start to have issues. Certain signs will indicate problems and a need for a replacement of cooling and heating equipment or overall system performance improvement. You might need to call in a professional contractor to install a replacement if you notice any of the signs below.
Age of Heat Pump
It is important you know how old your heat pump is. If it has been over 10 years it might be time for you to get a replacement. You might be tempted to stick with your old unit since newer models are a bit expensive, but your old unit will end up costing you more. The older models are not as efficient as the newer ones and your cooling and heating costs will be increased. You will want to check the age of the pump boiler as well. If it is over 15 years old, it might be time to replace your unit since this may also have an impact on the unit’s efficiency.
Unequal Heating or Cooling
If you notice unequal cooling or heating in your home, it may be time for you to have your unit inspected. These issues may be due to improper installation, problems with your duct system or even worse, malfunctioning equipment. If this is the case, it is definitely time for you to replace your older model with a newer one.
Go through bills and expenses incurred on purchases and repairs made to your unit. If you notice that your bills are constantly increasing or you find that you have spent a great deal on repairs or new replacement parts, it is time to replace your heat pump. By sticking with your old heat pump, you will definitely continue to experience increased bills each month.
If you notice that your unit is making more noise than usual or it is even starting to wake you up at night, it is time for a replacement. Heat pumps today are more energy efficient than 10 years ago. By replacing a 15 year old heat pump with a model that is more efficient, you will save yourself up to 30% on your utility bill.