Your heat pump wears two hats in your home, so when it breaks down, you’re left without heating and cooling. In an effort to avoid that, you need to pay attention to signals that your heat pump is struggling and needs repairs.
Getting heat pump repair doesn’t have to be a headache, but it should be done before a complete system breakdown. Pay regular attention to your heat pump using the information on this list and you should be able to avoid a breakdown in the near future.
Heat pumps are designed to last for a while, but as they near the end of their anticipated life cycle, they start running into issues. Even with repairs, nothing returns a heat pump (or any HVAC equipment for that matter) back to its from-the-factory-floor status.
If your heat pump is old, it will require repairs more frequently than you may think. When repairs become a problem and you’re paying four figures a year, it’s time to talk about replacement.
There’s a 50% rule for replacing HVAC equipment. It works for furnaces, air conditioners, and certainly for heat pumps as well. If your repair bills over the course of a year are 50% or more than the cost of a new unit, it’s time to replace it.
Those repairs aren’t going to hold up forever, and your unit will continue to give you trouble. Cut your losses and replace your heat pump. When your heat pump reaches the ten-year mark, begin saving for a new one in anticipation.
Air flow is critical to your heat pump. When there’s a noticeable change, such as restricted airflow going into the unit or less air coming out of your vents, then it’s time to call for repairs. Simply put, bad air flow leads to unit damage due to overworking it to get the desired temperature results. It needs to be fixed ASAP.
Odd Noises That Weren’t There Yesterday
Your heat pump makes a little bit of noise, but it blends into the background. You don’t notice it on a day-to-day basis unless you bend your ear to listen. But now, it’s making odd noises that you haven’t heard before.
That’s a sign that there’s some form of mechanical failure, or at least loose parts shifting around inside of the unit. There could be plenty of reasons you hear noises like clicking, banging, or rattling, but none of them are good.
It’s Time for Repairs
If your heat pump is old, making strange noises, and just not performing the way it’s supposed to, it could be in need of repairs. Depending on its age, repairs may become a regular occurrence until the repair costs add up and it’s time for a replacement.
Be aware of what your heat pump is doing at all times, and you’ll be able to avoid a ton of issues with it moving forward. If your heat pump is new, this information will help you keep it in working order for years to come.
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