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Heat Pump Replacement Time or Repair it Again?

A heat pump is an excellent upgrade from a traditional climate control system, but many homeowners are unsure of how these devices work and when they will need to be replaced. If you have purchased a home with a heat pump or had one of these systems recently installed, then you may be wondering when it will be heat pump replacement time, or should you repair the one you have and keep on going? Read ahead for a closer look at the technology behind these devices and what you can do to extend their service life.

Is My Heat Pump Working?
Here's a test to see if it's heat pump replacement time or if you might just need to have service performed...

The easiest way to determine if it’s heat pump replacement time, or time to repair one of the components of the heating system, try this test: Set the thermostat five degrees above room temperature. Within a few moments, the system should turn on and you should feel warm air. If you do not feel warm air, then there could be a problem with the heat pump itself, the thermostat, the electric backup heating elements, or the fans on the air handling unit. Most homeowners will need to contact an HVAC technician to determine which of these components is to no longer working.

Proper Heat Pump Maintenance

Having your heat pump serviced twice a year by an experienced technician is the single best way to keep these devices running efficiently to postpone heat pump replacement time. During these service calls, the technician will go through a lengthy checklist to ensure that every aspect of the system is working correctly. This includes changing the air filters, inspecting the electrical wires, flushing drain lines, testing the running temperature, and looking for any unusual signs of wear and tear.

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Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace

Even with regular maintenance, most heat pumps will need to be replaced every 10 or 12 years. If your heat pump was installed around ten years ago and continues to break down, then you might want to consider now as being your heat pump replacement time. Not only will this put an end to constant repairs and an uncomfortable home, but it will also improve the efficiency of the system and reduce your energy bills.

If you are wondering whether now is the time to replace your heat pump, or just repair it again and keep on limping along with the unit you have, call us at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to discuss your options for your Myrtle Beach heat pump unit.

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