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Signs That Your Heat Pump Needs to be Replaced or Repaired


Most of the time, our heating and cooling systems are left alone to keep us comfortable in our home.

We ignore our HVAC system until it doesn’t keep us warm or cool.

At that point, we are usually in an emergency.

Especially in the winter or summer months, when we rely on the heat pump to keep us safe and comfortable from the elements.

When a heat pump dies, it does not do so out of the blue.

There are telltale signs that perhaps we ignored or thought were normal, which would have indicated that the heat pump required repair or replacement.

But first, you should understand what your heat pump does.

A heat pump can be used and reversed to heat or cool your home.

A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner. Still, it uses two components (an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler).

The outdoor unit compresses and circulates refrigerant that takes in and releases heat as it moves between the outdoor and indoor units.

It is always a good idea to recognize the signs that our home systems and appliances might be close to failure. To help, we have compiled a list of symptoms that your heat pump needs to be repaired or even replaced.

Here Is Our List Of Signs That Your Heat Pump Is In Danger Of Failing:

1. Heat Pump Needs Frequent Repairs


As with any appliance or system, repairs are necessary from time to time. However, if you find your heat pump needs repair more often than it has in the past, it is a sign that your heat pump is starting to fail.

Your heat pump should not require outside service more than once or twice a year.

Ideally, you should call your HVAC service provider to maintain your heat pump before the temperatures are hot and then before it starts to get cold.

Unlike a furnace or central air conditioner, your heat pump will be working more often to keep your home comfortable.

Routine maintenance may find items you can fix quickly, but small repairs can start to add up quickly and begin to cost you more than the cost of a new heat pump. If your unit is beginning to show physical signs of age, that is another sign that it may be time for a replacement. Alternatively, suppose the system is still relatively young, and you are calling for frequent repairs. In that case, your heat pump may need to be replaced.

Some costly repairs that signify a need for a new heat pump are:

  • Compressor repairs

  • Evaporator coils

  • Blower Motors

  • Computerized parts or any part of the electrical system

  • Ductwork issues

After repairs such as the above, your local HVAC professional will be able to determine your heat pump’s worthiness.

2. A Higher Energy Bill


A heat pump is an excellent energy-efficient alternative to other HVAC systems like central air conditioning.

When you rely on a heat pump for cool air, you should save money with its use.

With age, your heat pump will start to lose its energy efficiency.

When you use your heat pump consistently over the years, it will start to lag in its performance, and lose its ability to perform at optimum efficiency. When this happens, your energy bill will begin to slowly increase.

If you start to notice a slight to moderate increase in your energy bill, it is time to start paying close attention to your heat pump.

A sudden, unexplained increase in your energy bill is also cause for concern. Either way, a call to your trusted HVAC professional for an energy audit is in order.

If the cause of the increased energy bills is not your heat pump, you will want to be sure that you have addressed the problem.

More than likely, you will need a new heat pump.

3. Your Heat Pump is Producing Less Hot or Cold Air Than Before


When your heat pump starts to age, you might begin to notice a decrease in the output of heat or cold.

Your heat pump can still put out air, but the air won’t be as cold or hot as it was in its early life. Pay close attention to your temperature setting on your thermostat.

It will help you determine if your heat pump has produced the required amount of cold or hot air.

If your thermostat is not rising to the temperature you were hoping for, check your heat pump’s filters. If the air filters are relatively new or clean, call your HVAC technician to replace your heat pump.

In the case of winter use—you may have both the heat pump and a furnace at work to heat your home. When you notice that your furnace is doing more work than the heat pump, this indicates your heat pump malfunctioning.

You do not want to be without warmth or cold air, so call your HVAC professional right away.

4. Your Heat Pump is Over Ten Years Old


Your heat pump should be replaced after ten years of use.

Your ten-year-old (or older) heat pump may look to be in excellent working order, but it is probably inefficient.

Your air conditioning system and furnace work half of the year, but your heat pump works all year round to keep your home comfortable.

A system operated as a heat pump will understandably start to need repairs or replacement shortly after. As stated above, once a unit requires frequent maintenance, it makes more financial sense to replace it.

More efficient heat pump units can take the place of your ten-year-old heat pump that can save you money in energy costs.

5. Your Heat Pump is Leaking or Has Moisture


It is not unusual for a heat pump to have some moisture and condensation on the outside.

So you can expect to see a small amount of water that appears to have leaked from the heat pump outside of your house.

You should never see leaking water inside of your home.

Water inside the home is usually an indication of a problem with the condenser on the heat pump. Not only is your unit not working correctly, but you also risk damage to your home.

Call your HVAC provider to check on your system and determine the worthiness of your heat pump.

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A good quality heat pump should last you over ten years before you start to have real issues. Suppose you carefully maintain your heat pump and HVAC system. In that case, you will reap the benefits of a longer life and more efficient system.

Any of the above signs are cause for concern and should warrant a call to your local HVAC provider. Ask your provider for an Energy Star rated heat pump to get the best for your money and energy efficiency.

Contact Nick’s Heating & Cooling to schedule your heat pump tune-up today.

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