Should You Repair or Replace Your Heat Pump

Keeping your home cool and warm with a heat pump is a great option.

  • Heat pumps eventually break down and need to be replaced.

The only question is whether heat pump repair is better. Here are a few tips to help you decide. Heat pumps usually last between 10 and 12 years. When your heat pump is only a few years old, you probably want to repair it. It’s always smarter to replace it if it’s nearing its end of life. Heat pump maintenance is also important. When your unit is professionally maintained every year, you’ll usually be able to wait longer before replacing it than if you neglect it. Another important consideration is whether your heat pump is still under warranty. Heat pumps typically have a five-year warranty on the compressor and a one-year warranty on other components. If your system breaks down due to normal wear and tear during this time, repairing it is obviously the best choice. Usually, you will only have to pay for labor and not replacement parts in this case. HVAC experts recommend using a rule of $5,000 when deciding between heat pump repairs and replacements. Multiply the estimated cost of repairs by the heat pump’s age. You should probably replace the unit instead of repairing it if this number is near or above $5,000. You should also consider the energy efficiency of your heat pump. HVAC equipment produced even a decade ago tends to use less energy. Energy efficiency also tends to decrease as the unit ages. If your energy bills are slowly rising from year to year, it might be better to replace your old heat pump.

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