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Does Your Heat Pump Need Repairs or a Total Replacement?

Heat pumps are an excellent solution for both heating and cooling. However, the units still have a limited lifespan. Once you get into that range of your heat pump being between 10-15 years old, it’s time to consider a replacement. But what if your heat pump still has some life left in it?

You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that your heat pump needs to be replaced vs. when repairs will do the job. Then call our team if you are ready to schedule your heat pump repair in Wayne, PA.

When Repairs Make Sense

It’s a good idea to go ahead and make repairs to your heat pump when it is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. Most heat pumps come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that covers unexpected problems that are not caused by normal wear and tear.

It is common to have to make minor repairs over the life of your heat pump. This may include replacing belts, tightening fan blades, and re-lubricating components. Many of these repairs happen during regularly scheduled annual maintenance for your heat pump. 

Most of these repairs will be fairly inexpensive and won’t have anything to do with the major components inside your heat pump. They won’t be the result of a breakdown or frequent breakdowns. In fact, addressing these minor repair needs is exactly what prevents a breakdown. 

Signs That It’s Time for a Replacement

Once repairs tip over into the expensive and serious category, it’s probably time to consider a replacement instead. This is especially true as your heat pump ages and reaches the end of its lifespan. 

If your heat pump is already old enough that it is outside of the manufacturer’s warranty period, it may be a good idea to consider a replacement. The rule of thumb that we typically suggest our customers follow is that you should never spend more than 50% of the cost of a replacement on any repair needs. 

This can be one major repair need or several repair needs that pop up in a row. Putting that much money into repairs may be better spent on a brand-new heat pump that has a long lifespan ahead of it. You also want to consider that the closer your heat pump gets to the 15-year mark, the more likely it is that it will need to be replaced.

How to Select a New Heat Pump

If you do deem that it is time to replace your heat pump, you want to make the right choice. After all, it’s a decision that you have to live with for the next 10 to 15 years. First, you should decide whether you want a more traditional central heat pump or a ductless mini-split model. 

Central units tend to be a little cheaper for upfront installation, but ductless units boast the benefit of major energy savings. It’s also important to look at the two energy efficiency ratings assigned to heat pumps. The SEER2 rating is for cooling and the HSPF2 rating is for heating. 

Here in our area, the energy efficiency rating for heating is the one that should take priority. In fact, you should consider installing a cold weather heat pump that has some boosted power for heating ability in the winter.

Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been the Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976. Call us for 24-hour emergency repair service.

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