Do You Need a Heat Pump Replacement?

Heat pump technology is an excellent way to heat – and even cool – your home. Although heat pumps tend to last longer than other heat sources, like wood and pellet stoves or central heating, they will eventually need to be replaced with newer equipment.

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Here’s what you should know about heat pump replacements and how to know if it might be time for you to get a new heat pump installed. Call the experienced HVAC contractors at N.E.T.R., Inc. to find out if you need a heat pump replacement.

Heat Pump Basics

A heat pump essentially moves heat from one place to another. In the winter, it removes heat from outdoors and pumps it inside; in the summer, it does the reverse and pumps warm air outdoors to cool your space. There are many benefits to using heat pump technology to maintain the temperature in your home, including but not limited to: 

  • Improved efficiency. Heat pumps use significantly less energy than traditional heating and cooling methods like central heat and air or oil heat. This means that overall they cost less to run, saving you money on your winter energy bills.
  • Better indoor air quality. Heat pumps don’t use ducts, meaning they don’t push air through dirty ductwork into your home along with a plethora of dust, allergens, and debris. Heat pump owners experience significantly better indoor air quality than owners of other types of heating systems. They also do a much better job of controlling humidity in your space than other heating options, especially pellet or wood stoves and other kinds of very dry heat.
  • More even heating. Other heat sources tend to leave cold spots throughout a space. This is common with central heating and particularly wood or pellet stoves that don’t have a fan of any sort to move the heat around your home. A heat pump provides even heating throughout every area so you’re always comfortable.

Life Expectancy of a Heat Pump

On average, heat pumps last 10 to 15 years. With regular maintenance and deep cleaning, you may be able to get 15 to 20 years out of your heat pump. However, how long your heat pump lasts before giving out largely depends on how you use it and how well you take care of it. A well taken care of heat pump may last up to twice as long as a heat pump that is neglected or poorly maintained.

Indicators You May Need a Heat Pump Replacement

Knowing exactly when you’ve gotten the most mileage out of your heat pump that you can is difficult. Here are some potential signs that you may need a heat pump replacement and what you should be on the lookout for.

  • Poor heating performance. It may be time to replace your heat pump if you notice cold spots throughout your home where you didn’t before. This could be a sign that your pump is struggling to push heat throughout the entire space. This is also an indicator of just a dirty or clogged filter, so it’s important to consult with an HVAC professional when your heating isn’t up to par.
  • Reduced air quality. Older heat pumps will accumulate dust and debris more quickly than newer models. If you are sensitive to the quality of your indoor air or have allergies, you may notice it’s more difficult to breathe easily in your home when your heat pump is on the verge of going out.
  • Strange noises. Another indiciation that you need a heat pump replacement is if you hear strange noises while it’s running. It could be squealing, humming, clicking, or grinding, but if your pump begins making loud noises when you turn it on or turn it up, it may be time for a new one.
  • An increase in your energy bills. If your energy bill in the winter goes up every year, or worse every month, it may be time to look at the efficiency of your equipment. A drastic, sudden increase in your heating bill could indicate that your pump is on its last leg, so to speak, and replacement is in the very near future.
  • You have no heat at all. In a worst case scenario, an old heat pump could break down completely, leaving you without heat. This is usually a sign that there’s more wrong with the equipment than just a dirty filter that needs to be cleaned or changed out.

It’s a good idea to have your heat pump checked if you have one or more of the above problems in your home. In some cases, your heat pump may be repairable, but in other cases, you may need to have it entirely replaced.

Contact N.E.T.R., Inc. Today for Experienced HVAC Support

Heating your Boston home can be challenging without the right equipment. N.E.T.R., Inc. is a reliable Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Elite Contractor that offers the highest quality heat pump technology available on the market. Call today for more information about heat pump replacement or other heating and cooling options by dialing (781) 933-6387.

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