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When To Replace Your Heat Pump

Replacing a heat pump isn’t an easy decision. As homeowners, we tend to want to get the most out of our heating and cooling equipment before it breaks down. But does that outweigh the benefits of your home comfort and home efficiency? 

Heat pumps provide air conditioning during the summer and reduces the cost of heating during the winter. For those in Central Oregon who do not have natural gas, heat pumps are the next best choice and for good reason. 

Heat pump systems are 30% more efficient than a dozen years ago. With today’s technology and advancements, we have equipment systems that can reduce electricity bills as much as 75% or more when compared to electric furnaces. This is a huge accomplishment in the HVAC industry when it comes to energy efficiency and why many residents replace their heat pumps. 

What Is The Average Lifespan?

An average lifespan of a heat pump in Central Oregon is 15 years. The theory “don’t fix it until it’s broken” has been throughout the industry for as long as we can remember. However, do homeowners benefit from fixing a heat pump after the age of 15 years? We believe not with occasional success stories. 

Yes, Bend Heating can repair and fix your heat pump even if it’s 15+ years old. But being industry experts, it doesn’t outweigh the cost to repair, the lower efficiency and lower home comfort you’ll receive year round. 

We recommend that if you plan on living in your home for the foreseeable future then to replace your heat pump to a more moderate system. 

Signs of a Heat Pump Not Working Efficiently 

  1. Stops working
  2. Electricity bills increase
  3. Emergency heat comes on more – which is the backup heat in the furnace or air handler to a heat pump
  4. Sounds such as knocking, sputtering, and stopping
  5. Indoor temperature starts fluctuating from too cold to hot – there could many reasons for this: 
    • if your compressor is starting to go out it may trip your breakers occasionally
    • your heat pump isn’t working to 100% capacity, and as a result, there might not be enough hot air in the evaporator coil 
    • you may have a refrigerant leak. You might not have as much concentrated heat for the blower to blow across

Tips to Help Increase Efficiency 

Before replacing your heat pump, there’s a few ways to help increase efficiency.

  1. Tune up – heat pumps should be serviced once or twice a year 
  2. Maintain a clean air filter – a heat pump system is very similar to a heart and lung. Heat pumps have to pump and breathe. Having a plugged or dirty filter will hurt your heat pump, its efficiency, reliability and overall lifespan
  3. Add more ductwork – only if you don’t have enough supply or return
  4. Upgrade thermostat – we recommend computer based thermostats that are designed for a heat pump with an outdoor temperature censor 
  5. Add a humidifier – will increase comfortability in your home