There’s no question that heat pumps offer several benefits over conventional heating and cooling like furnaces, central air, pellet stoves, and baseboard heaters.
An essential part of that is that they use a very different method to heat your home than those other appliances: They transfer heat rather than create it.
But, just as with any appliance, heat pumps run into problems and eventually break down for good. So, how do you know whether to sink some money into repairing it or if you’re better off investing in a new one altogether?
It’s easy to get a little confused about these systems — after all, we haven’t used them for nearly as long as furnaces and stoves. And, they use a completely different heating method, so everything about them must be different, right?
Well, not quite. Sure, their energy efficiency and life spans may be different from what you’re used to. But, you can still take a few crucial factors into account when deciding whether or not you need a new system.
Of course, we can’t diagnose your personal system in a blog or online. Ultimately, you need a professional to look it over.
But, we can help educate you on what to look for and what to consider once you get the full story from your HVAC tech.
So, in this article, we’ll dig into those factors. And, if you have questions about the system in your Boise Metro or Valley County home, give us a call or email at Snowflake Air! We’re happy to answer any questions we can. Or, you can always click below to set an appointment for us to inspect your system.
Repair Vs. Replacing A Heat Pump: What To Consider
- Age Of The Unit
- The Warranty
- Previous Repairs
Age Of The Unit
The older your system is, the less likely it is to be worth it for you to keep investing in repairs. After a while, it’s not cost-effective to replace major parts if you will just need to get a new system altogether in a few years.
The other factor is energy efficiency. HVAC technology improves all the time. That means that by the time you’re ready for a new system, whatever’s on the market a decade (or more) after you bought the last one will require less energy.
Most heat pumps last up to 20 years, with an average of 15 years. Mini splits often make it two decades. But, of course, they all require maintenance to last for their potential lifespan.
Once your system makes it more than a decade, it’s time to review your options whenever you need a significant repair.
Is the warranty on your system still valid? That depends on two factors: How long you’ve had your heat pump and whether you’ve kept it maintained with professional service.
If you still have a valid warranty, it should be worth keeping your heat pump even if you need repairs. The manufacturer may cover some or all of the work. That goes for any other work, especially minor repairs, that may crop up in the future.
Mini splits, in particular, have exceptionally long warranties. You’ll find some systems with manufacturer guarantees that last up to a decade.
But, check that fine print: You need to have your system serviced by a professional annually to keep that guarantee valid.
When a certified HVAC tech does a tune-up, they’ll log the visit and the work with the manufacturer. Then, if they have to call for warranty-backed parts, the manufacturer is less likely to back out of honoring it when they have a record showing you’ve treated the system well.
Is this the first time you’ve had a major problem with your HVAC system? Or, has your HVAC tech become a familiar face in your home?
If your heat pump keeps breaking down, then it’s time to start considering a replacement instead of shelling out again (and again, and again) for repairs.
That’s especially so if it’s over ten years old and the warranty is expired.
The truth is, once an older system starts having problems, it continues having problems. That doesn’t mean you should junk your current system right away. However, it does mean that you should begin considering replacement options before your next repair call.
Of course, regular maintenance helps keep it running smoothly well past the decade mark. And, there’s an often-overlooked maintenance strategy you should consider — especially for mini splits.
When Was The Last Time You Had Your Mini Split Cleaned?
You’d be surprised how often the root cause of a heat pump or mini split problem is caused by dirt and organic (including mold)buildup inside the system.
Even if you clean your air handler’s filters regularly or have the system serviced, that’s not the same as professional cleaning.
And, often, the difference is astounding.
Everything from rising electric bills to hot and cold spots in some rooms, even feeling sick when you’re inside, can be fixed with a deep clean.
It’s not a magic cure-all, of course. But, if you’ve never had one, it can go a long way. And, it’s a separate service from regular maintenance. Most techs don’t have the right equipment for this kind of cleaning.
Here in the Treasure Valley, we partner with HydroKleen408 to ensure all our clients have excellent heating and cooling and healthy indoor air quality. You can contact Hydrokleen directly or let us know you’d like a cleaning along with a service call or maintenance.
Heat Pump Repairs And Replacements In The Boise Metro Area
Snowflake Air is a Mitsubishi Diamond Elite Dealer and is certified to work on industry-leading heat pump brands. We’ve built a solid reputation from the Boise Metro area up through McCall, ID for our expertise and reliable work when it comes to heat pump repairs and replacements.
If you suspect a problem with your system, don’t wait for a minor issue to get worse! Call or click below to set an appointment.