Unfortunately, your heat pump won’t last forever. Decreasing efficiency and increasing ownership costs sometimes make replacement the most practical choice. By assessing your system’s performance, you can be sure that it will be ready when the next heatwave hits Augusta.

Equipment Age and Lifespan

p>Heat pumps work hard to keep you comfortable all year. Since they perform two jobs, they don’t last quite as long as systems that heat or cool only. According to the Department of Energy, the average lifespan for these systems is 10 to 15 years.

Energy Consumption

How much does your HVAC system cost to run? If your energy usage is increasing every year, the system may benefit from repairs or a replacement. Upgrading to an Energy Star-certified model could lower your heating and cooling bills by 20 percent.

Compromised Comfort

If your air conditioner isn’t keeping your home comfortable, it might be time for a replacement. The most common problems are hot and cold spots, longer run times and lower output. Your Plunkett Heating & Air technician can check the system and make recommendations.

Operating Noise

Increasingly loud operating noises could be a sign of mechanical troubles or failing parts. Since this is an important warning sign, have your system inspected before an impending breakdown strikes.

Lack of Maintenance

If you haven’t been scheduling regular maintenance at least once a year, then chances are that your heat pump is suffering from wear and tear. When you fail to keep up with maintenance, your heat pump suffers and you end up paying too much for heat pump repairs. If your unit hasn’t been maintained and you can’t keep up with heat pump repairs, then you should replace your system.

Heat Pump Service Costs

If your system is over the hill, it doesn’t make sense to invest in costly AC repairs. Replacement is a smart choice if the repairs equal half the cost of a new system. Alternatively, multiply the repair cost by the age of your system. If the product is more than $5,000, check into a replacement.

As you can see, there are many factors to consider. You should also have a professional inspect your system before you make your decision. If it’s time for a replacement, you can learn more about the available options online or by calling Plunkett Heating & Air.

Originally published in April 2018, updated in May 2020

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