A heat pump is only as good as the condition it’s in. Like any other appliance in your home, your heat pump will wear out over time. Regular servicing and maintenance will definitely keep its lifespan to a maximum but here are 5 telltale signs that your heat pump probably needs replacing.
If your heat pump is older than 10 years it likely won’t be running at peak performance and it may never do so again. Having a professional service it once a year is definitely recommended for a heat pump of this age. If it’s older than 15 years it’s most definitely time to replace! No matter how diligent you’ve been with maintenance, a new heat pump will be far more effective and efficient.
The power bills go up
Yes, heat pumps are an efficient form of heating but they still use energy and as they age parts wear and have to work harder to get the same output. If your power bills have been rising but your lifestyle and energy consumption patterns haven’t changed, it could be time to replace your heat pump.
It’s harder to heat a room
As we said above, it’s harder to get the same performance as your heat pump ages. If you’re noticing inconsistent or reduced heat supply, or it takes longer to heat the same space, that’s a sign your heat pump isn’t in top condition and you could need a new one. Difficulty in heating a space to your desired level of comfort could also mean your heat pump is too small; you’ll never win in this situation and your only option is replacement.
It needs repairing often
If your heat pump has needed repairs in the last 12 months and it’s once again performing poorly, it’s time for a new one.
All the parts in any appliance are designed to operate smoothly. Anything other than the sound of it outputting air, such as clicking or grinding noises, are not good signs. It’s possible these are serviceable faults but both can be attributed to the age of the heat pump which is a major factor in needing a replacement.
If you think your heat pump is due for replacement, start by having it serviced by a reputable company like HPAC, Canterbury’s specialist climate control people. We can give you a very clear idea of the problem, whether it will reoccur or whether it’s time to get a new one.